Friday, September 19, 2014

WHY FOSTER COUNTY AUDITOR RISOVI FIRED ASSISTANT EM MANAGER JESS EARLE

We have recently come in possession of Jess Earle's contemporaneous notes which outline Risovi's abuse of her office and her wasting taxpayers' dollars on a daily basis. As you will discover, the notes start on June 19, 2014, nine days after the Primary Election, in which Risovi was trounced two to one. At that point Risovi apparently decided she wanted her fulltime EM job back and started on the process of trying to make Jess Earle quit her job so Risovi could re-assume her previous position.

According to Earle, Risovi's discovery of these notes were the reason her computer was taken away and replaced with a typewriter. 


Read these notes and judge for yourself if Risovi is anything other than a fraud who has more experienced/capable people doing her work for her - all the while claiming their efforts for herself. Apparently, Risovi sits around wasting taxpayer dollars, playing on the internet, and gossiping with her courthouse friends throughout the day. Yet, she constantly complains to the public about being so overworked. As always with Risovi, there is the Risovi reason for her actions ... in this case for firing Jess (the unathorized use of a county vehicle), and then there is the REAL REASON (as stated above).

There will be more documents forthcoming as they become available to us.

Here are copies of the notes that Jess started and continued taking as Risovi began making it harder and harder for her to do her job and continue working as Assistant EM Manager:

(Please click on each image for a larger view.)





Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hope Tries To Aid Foster County Commission - Straley Kicks Her Out!


Hope Carr presents a well-documented report regarding the ND Game & Fish funds that Auditor Risovi reported missing at the last Foster County, ND commissioners' meeting. Hope points out that Risovi has been lying all along and and that she is to blame for the "supposedly" missing money. The auditor  simply has not been doing her job of collecting the fees from the vendors who sell the licenses.  Yet, Risovi and Straley turned the investigation of the missing money over to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation...as if it were the fault of the former auditor, Roger Schlotman.  (One begins to wonder if Schlotman is guilty of anything with the main witness against him being perjuring/lying Teresa Risovi!)

Hope called for the resignation of Auditor Risovi due to her inability to do her job, possible tampering with records,  using inappropriate language, constant lying and slander.  Chairman Paul Straley then pushed his panic button and called in a deputy sheriff to banish Hope from the meeting, although many community members wanted to ask her questions about her investigation. Commissioner Carr asked Straley to allow Hope to continue, but Straley would have none of that! Carr than went on to make a motion to have Hope continue with her presentation, and asked Greger for a second. As always, in the end Greger always backs Straley and Risovi, no matter what. You can hear the concerned citizens voicing their disappointment and disgust.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

More Information Regarding Auditor Risovi's Actions... Misappropriation of Public Resources?



More information has come to light about Auditor/EM Manager Risovi's uncalled-for firing of Jess Earle, her EM assistant.  It looks like Risovi may have purposely created a hostile work environment to get rid of her assistant.  Not only did Risovi cut Earle's work hours, but believe it or not, she took away her computer and gave her a typewriter instead!  One could consider Risovi's act of taking away the EM Assistant's computer a misappropriation of our county resources.  It was the same as if the head of the road department, took away necessary equipment from an employee who blades the roads, and instead gave him a shovel to do the same work.  Deplorably inefficient!

What was Rivosi thinking when she denied an important county resource to an employee who needed it to perform her duties?  How could that employee have possibly connected to the township supervisors and the state officials that have to be contacted by email?  Does Risovi think that one can log on to an email with a typewriter?  Risovi  essentially told her assistant to go stand in a corner like an errant school child. 

How many more law suits does Risovi plan for Foster County?  Does she think it's lawful to create a hostile work environment?  Better still, since when does she have the authority to hire or fire anyone in the Emergency Management office?  Didn't she have to get approval/permission from the commissioners prior to her assistant being employed? Did she get the commission's permission to fire her?   Also, if Earle was such a bad employee, where in any of the Foster Couty Commisssion minutes is it noted that Ms. Risovi was having problems with this employee?  

Lastly,  how fair was it to have some person who was obviously qualified like Jess Earle, move to our town to take this position, when Risovi knew that since her election chances for Auditor were dim, she would be reassuming the EM position herself.  In other words, did Risovi disclose to Earle that her Assistant EM position was incumbent on Risovi being elected as Auditor in November?  It looks like Jess Earle has the makings of a good lawsuit against Foster County... if she so chooses.

What many of us cannot understand is why hasn't Ms. Risovi been fired herself!  Commissioner Carr has emphasized over and over again that she is not qualified for her job and should be fired.  However, Chairman Straley, Risovi's buddy, always talks loudly over Carr and basically tries to belittle his comments.  And, with Commissioner Greger cowtowing to Straley and excusing Risovi's incompetence, our county is in for even more trouble.  As we've stated before, we have quite a team - the Straley/Risovi team - continually working for their own egocentric interests, NOT the interests of the taxpayers of Foster County. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Auditor Risovi Strikes AGAIN! (Part 2 in the Continuing Saga)


Foster County Auditor Risovi has once again proved her gross incompetence to hold any position of authority or responsibility. As you may have heard by now, Risovi fired Jess Earle (Assistant Emergency Manager), the very same person that she touted as the most qualified candidate for the Emergency Management job for Foster County. In this particular case, Risovi was right about Jess' qualifications. Her qualifications far exceed Risovi's! Jess has a B.S. in Emergency Management from NDSU, as well as another advanced degree! Let's see... does that compare with Risovi's online degree in psychology?

So, why did Risovi fire Jess? When you're dealing with Auditor Risovi, or people of her ilk, there are always two reasons why they do something. There's the REAL reason, and then there's the reason they tell you.

In this case, the reason Risovi tells you (and which she has posted online)  is that someone, a friend of Jess, at his own expense took the county vehicle that Jess uses as Assistant Emergency Manager, to be detailed (without Risovi's permission). According to Risovi, his act of kindness and consideration allegedly caused the county some extraordinary insurance issue. It seems that Risovi has now become an expert on insurance coverage. Did she not realize that this driver undoubtedly has his own insurance which extends to every vehicle he drives if there is no underlying coverage?

Now to the real reason that Auditor Risovi fired Jess. As we all know, Risovi's lack of votes in the June Primary Election just didn't work out for her. In other words, come November, Risovi is NOT going to be Auditor, so she thinks she will fall back to her old Emergency Management job. In fact, Commissioner Les Greger in one of the commission meetings, suggested that if she loses the November election, she might be able to keep the EM job full-time. Therefore, Risovi may be thinking that if she eliminates the one person who is more qualified/experienced for the job, then she will be more likely to keep the EM job after she loses her Auditor's position.

Once again Risovi puts her selfish interests above that of the taxpayers of Foster County. As you recall, when Auditor Risovi was voted in by Paul Straley and Les Greger, she immediately fired Sarah Aberle, the one person who was more qualified for her job and who knew the in's and out's of the Foster County Auditor's office. Yes, Risovi is one "public servant" who always puts the public second to her own interests.

(Let's see... how many more days till November 4th? Stick around, Jess. We're predicting the EM position will be opening up again, and we would love to have someone who is truly qualified for the job.)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Auditor Risovi Erupts Again and Fetches the Sheriff To Intimidate Public Observers



Auditor Risovi Erupts Again and Fetches the Sheriff To Intimidate Public Observers
Auditor Risovi let her temper get the best of her again at the Monday, August 11, 2014, re-canvass meeting at the Foster County Courthouse. She had no patience with an observer who asked her to speak up so the public could hear her answers to Recorder Hoppe's questions. She seemed to be mumbling her answers intentionally and verbally criticized Hoppe when the Recorder insisted on getting answers from her. Several times during the meeting, Risovi completely ignored Hoppe's questions, as if the Recorder weren't speaking to her.
When State's Attorney, Paul Murphy, spoke up to defend the public observers, saying they weren't interfering, Risovi objected to his opinion and accused him of not doing his job. That statement hit a nerve with the State's Attorney, especially since the whole election fiasco can be laid at Risovi's feet. When Murphy raised his voice to tell Risovi exactly what he thought, she ran out of the room to get the sheriff. What the sheriff was supposed to do, I'm not sure (and the sheriff wasn't sure what to do either). 

RISOVI ERUPTS and Calls Out the Foster County State's Attorney at the Recount Meeting


RISOVI ERUPTS and Calls Out the State's Attorney at the Recount Meeting

The Foster County, North Dakota, election recount meeting which took place on August 4, 2014, produced some big surprises. The major surprise? There seemed to be 300 ballots missing!! The truth of this still hasn't been determined. However, on Primary Election night, Auditor Teresa Risovi announced to the media that there were 1453 ballots cast, a count which she certified with the Secretary of State's office. As well, at the time, she knew how many votes were cast for the position of County Auditor, close to 1400. Now, after the recount meeting, there seem to be only 1153 ballots in security boxes and only 1153 valid voters who were checked off in the official poll book as having voted. Risovi seems to be blaming this huge discrepancy on a "computer glitch", occurring in three separate machines which counted the votes... and the fact that the county failed to train her.

For people who hadn't dealt with Risovi before, another surprise was watching her temper tantrum. She actually erupted, yelled at State's Attorney Paul Murphy, and called him out - like someone who wanted to fight. Actually, Risovi challenged him to call the Secretary of State's office to clear up a rule for the meeting. Murphy responded to her calmly saying she was "making a mountain out of a mole-hill." When Risovi got what she thought was a response from the Secretary of State's office in her favor, she couldn't wait to point her phone toward Murphy in an effort to humiliate him. In the video you'll notice how all the adults completely ignore her like they would a child who is having a tantrum. What really bothers some of us is the way she sat, smiled, giggled and talked to herself after the incident, as if she'd won a great victory. Is this the type of personality that you want to continue dealing with as Auditor of Foster County?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

300 Election Ballots Missing! Where Are They?!

[Pictured here are the members of the Recount Board: State's Attorney Paul Murphy, Recorder 
Lynelle Hoppe, George Topp,  with Auditor Teresa Risovi and Assistant Auditor Heather Martin]

300 Election Ballots Missing! Where Are They?!

Today, August 4, 2014, Foster County held a recount for the contest of the Foster County Commission which took place during the June Primary. Donnie Theis, close to Paul Straley in the Primary election count, requested a recount of the commissioners' votes. Little did he know that his request would turn up some horrendous results... 300 ballots unaccounted for!!


How could 300 ballots just disappear?! After counting all the ballots which had been kept under lock and seal, the total ballots inspected at the meeting totaled 1153. The official number of votes for Foster County that the Election Board sent in to the Secretary of State for the June Primary was 1453.


State's Attorney Paul Murphy contacted the Secretary of State's office to find out what to do about this highly unusual situation. He was told to tally the votes on the 1153 ballots that were at the meeting.


In the chart below, the first number is the official vote count sent in to the State during the Primary. The second number is the count which the members came up with today (with 300 ballots missing).


Commissioners:

Bill Bauer: 696/559
Jim Carr: 686/540
Pat Copenhaver: 417/331
Paul Straley: 353/295
Donnie Theis: 340/270
Joshua Dreher: 160/133

What is to be done about this huge discrepancy no one knows at present. Check back for more information. Hopefully soon, someone will solve the mystery of the missing 300 ballots.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Foster County Storm Damage - July 21, 2014

These photos were taken on July 22, 2014 - the morning after a severe storm in Foster County, ND.  My friend, Dolly Footitt, and I took a drive from Carrington to Bordulac, and these were the scenes which we saw along the way.  

Many best wishes to the farmers and others who reaped damages from this storm.  It has been reported that no one was hurt during the storm (Thank Goodness!), but there was a lot of property damage.  According to one of the weather stations, there were gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour - straightline winds that can do as much damage as a tornado.

Hopefully, we will not have any other storms as serious as this one during the rest of the summer!

















Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FARGO INFORUM: "ND secretary of state, BCI investigate Foster County election"


The Fargo Forum posted an article about our local Foster County Primary Election.  It was basically a link to the original report by David Luessen from the Jamestown Sun published on July 11, 2014.  

When the ND Secretary of State comments on a questionable election issue, it becomes more than local news. A letter from Secretary of State Al Jaeger to Foster County Auditor Teresa Risovi stated: "In order to revisit the alleged situation described above, the Canvassing Board must be reconvened according to N.D.C.C. 16.1-15-17 (enclosed). Then, if necessary, adjust the vote totals and resubmit a new certification to the State Canvassing Board."  Several newspapers are following this issue now, especially since the ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called in last week to investigate the issue surrounding the absentee ballots.






This picture was taken after the Primary Election at the Foster County Fair when Auditor Risovi took vacation days from her job to campaign for Foster County Auditor which comes up for a vote in the November election. (The Primary vote was Casey Cables/908 over Teresa Risovi/459.)  


Was Risovi Wrong... AGAIN?

 

In the face of possible election violations, Interim Auditor Risovi stated that the Canvassing Board did everything legally when accepting two absentee votes that lacked a signature on the application. According to Risovi, there was no violation of election laws in counting those ballots.

She continued to espouse that position even when Secretary of State Jaeger sent her a letter telling her that she "must" reconvene the Canvassing Board.

What puzzles this writer is that after the letter from Secretary of State was received by Risovi, she still defiantly stated that she wasn't going to reconvene the Canvassing Board.

Now, why the sudden change in her position?

You see, Risovi reconvened the Foster County Canvassing Board today, July 15th at 1:00 p.m. to vote on whether they should reconvene later to take another look at the absentee ballots in question - the ballots that the Election Board said were invalid.

You will see in the video taken at the Canvassing Board Meeting today that Royce Topp, Carol Rosenau, and Lanelle Hoppe voted YES to reconvene the Canvassing Board.

Please note in the video that Chairman Straley abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest. Why didn't he do that at the first Canvassing Board meeting? Also, notice how Risovi declines to vote in face of a majority against her advocacy. If her position were founded on principle, integrity, and legality, why didn't she vote NO just to be on what she thought was the right side of the law?

Let's not forget that Auditor Teresa Dietrich Risovi is the one and only person, by the constitution of the state of North Dakota, who is in charge of our county election process. If the recent Foster County Primary Election is indicative of what little she knows about her duties as Auditor, we all need to take careful watch of her actions before her term ends.

Who knows what she will do next!