She Noticed $200 Million Missing, Then She Was Fired

Alice Stebbins put her sworn duties as a public servant above the corrupt business-as-usual that we find so often in government. She is essentially a whistleblower. And we all know that whistleblowers are a threat to the power structure in America. Her story, sadly, will be forgotten. And justice will not be done. But that should not stop us from continuing to fight:

The five commissioners voted unanimously to terminate Stebbins, who had worked as an auditor and budget analyst for different state agencies for more than 30 years.

But an investigation by the Bay City News Foundation and ProPublica has found that Stebbins was right about the missing money.

Just days before Stebbins was fired, CPUC officials told California’s Department of Finance that the agency was owed more than $200 million, according to a memo obtained by the news organizations. The finance agency launched an investigation into the uncollected funds.

The news organizations’ investigation also found flaws in the State Personnel Board report that Batjer used to terminate Stebbins. Three former CPUC employees said in interviews that the report contained falsehoods. The report alleged that the auditor who discovered the missing money was unqualified. But hiring materials obtained by the news organizations show that state officials had determined that the auditor was the most qualified candidate, awarding him an “excellent” rating in every category.