[UPDATED] John Williams Stripped of Orange County Public Guardian Role

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UPDATE, MARCH 22, 6:04 P.M.: The Orange County Board of Supervisors today stripped John Williams of his appointed public-guardian role. Williams previously agreed to retire next year from his dual role as the elected county public administrator despite having two years left on his term.

Williams was not present as the board voted with no discussion.

Hats off to The Orange County Register's Kimberly Edds, whose aggressive reporting on Williams' incompetence built the case against his continued management of the affairs of Orange County's ill and elderly who have no one else to care for them, as well as the estates of those who die without legal heirs.

UPDATE, MARCH 3, 3:23 P.M.: The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Friday will consider a resignation offer from embattled Public Administrator/Public Guardian John Williams, according to a published report.

Williams has been criticized for his management of the dual agencies that handle the affairs of Orange County's ill and elderly who have no one else to care for them and the estates of those who die without legal heirs. The mother of the late Charles "Mask" Lewis Jr.'s two children filed a complaint alleging Williams was negligent in his handling of the beloved, multimillionaire, TapouT co-founder's estate.

The Orange County Register's Kimberly Edds, who has been all over the Williams controversy, shares the latest scoop today. Edds quotes unidentified sources saying Williams wants to cut a deal with the county to leave office early.

The board will apparently meet in a closed session to discuss just that.


UPDATE, FEB. 23, 2:58 P.M.: The Orange County Board of Supervisors will begin the process Tuesday to strip the county's slimy Public Administrator/Public Guardian John Williams of his public-guardian duties and appoint a successor.

The board previously accepted county CEO Thomas G. Mauk's recommendation to appoint a manager to oversee Williams' battered agency. Now Mauk wants that new official to take over the role of the public guardian, who takes care of the finances of the ill or elderly who have no one else to watch over them.

Orange County Register reporter Kimberly Edds, who has been all over the Williams scandal, reports today supervisors will begin discussing the proposed takeover March 1, possibly hold a final vote on the matter March 15 and, if the change is adopted, have a new public guardian in place April 14.

UPDATE, FEB. 14, 3:06 P.M.:
Orange County's Public Administrator/Public Guardian John Williams was negligent in his handling of the multimillion-dollar estate of Charles "Mask" Lewis Jr., heirs of the late TapouT co-founder allege in a complaint filed with the county of Orange. Such complaints are generally the first step before filing civil lawsuits.

Lewis' two children have unintended allies on their side if it comes to that: County CEO Thomas G. Mauk, who earlier this month cited Williams' mishandling of Lewis' estate as a reason to implement reforms of the Public Administrator/Public Guardian's office, and the Board of Supervisors, which approved the sweeping changes that included appointing an overseer of the troubled agency.

Besides accusing Williams in the complaint of gutting and depleting the Lewis estate, Diane Larson, the mother of Mask's children, is seeking to have a court outside Orange County resolve a dispute over more than $190,000 in fees rung up by supposed fiscal-conservative Williams, county lawyers and others. She took control of the estate following the 4th District Court of Appeal ruling discussed below.

How bad is Williams with money? As Edds reports, he still owes himself $125,000 for his most recent campaign for the office that is quickly slipping out of his fingers.
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