(First of three stories)
The governor was looking for someone to set up a state agency to monitor the operations of other agencies. George Schroeder had that experience from having structured the Legislative Audit Council as its first director. After 33 years, he retired in 2009 and was “happily hitting golf balls when I got a call four weeks ago.”
The state’s soon-to-be-official Inspector General George Schroeder says “I am very impressed with Governor Haley now, though I did not vote for her…and I was very up-front about that when she called me.”
He says the enthusiasm of Haley and her staff helped to draw him out of retirement, as did the chance to establish a quality control agency for state government. A month later, Schroeder says he has worked harder than he ever has in a job, with a desk and a phone line set up for him in a spare office in the Wade Hampton Building until he can get a staff in place. While a bipartisan bill is making its way to the House to codify his job and its duties, Schroeder is trying to set up shop.
“In fact, if you call newly established fraud hotline set up by the governor’s office, you get me or my voice mail,” says Schroeder.
Schroeder explains, in the first of three stories, his role as opposed to the Legislative Audit Council or the State Auditor: