Interim Audit: Ex-First Lady's Salary Too High

North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood thinks former first lady Mary Easley's university salary was too high but that her staff may have set the bar too low for the value of Easley's work.

Wood released an interim report Thursday that her department performed examining whether Easley should have received $170,000 a year from North Carolina State University.

Report investigators calculated late last year that Easley should have received a $79,000 salary, but N.C. State officials disagreed.

Wood told reporters the school made some good points and the report had too many holes in it. She decided to put the final report on hold earlier this year, in part because federal prosecutors were now investigating activities surrounding Mary Easley and former Gov. Mike Easley.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by ace Location: plymouth on Aug 28, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    Looks like they are getting their ducks in a row so the next person can get the higher salery. What is the return on investment. Teachers are being layed off and they the auditor says a crooks salery was originally too low. The honest person who had it before did not complain.
  • by Mx Location: Grnv on Aug 28, 2009 at 02:50 AM
    Mary Easily is a thief. In 2008 she took a trip abroad (Russia/Germany) to view art museums. She said it was to increase international interest in art. Mary and her companions spent $130,000 of our tax dollars. She should be required to pay it back. Mary and Mike Easily both abused our tax $$$$. STINKING POLITICIANS.
  • by American Biker on Aug 27, 2009 at 09:58 PM
    Babe : You're really Mary Easley aren't you. Come clean now
  • by McArthur Park on Aug 27, 2009 at 03:44 PM
    Hey BABE, I think-----and right now I am thinking that you must be not thinking clearly. I would not trust a NC State auditor to give an unbiased view of the situation under investigation. I also believe that it was a political appointment that served useful purpose whatsoever. Are you not tired of the taxpayer being gouged by our legislative demigods? Oh, I forgot, some people would vote for a monkey if it had a "D" beside it's name. What do you think of that?
  • by Barlow Location: Wintervile on Aug 27, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    Hey Babe. Could you hire me? I need about $150,000, I can be at work sometimes, but I have errands to run, so if you need me I can give you my cell phone number. Oh, I don't have a spouse who is a governor, is that listed in the qualifications for the job?
  • by Babe Location: Ayden on Aug 27, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    Story does not indicated hiring an auditor..this was done by the NC State employed auditor. Mrs Easley could of been a very valuable employee and may have been able to bring alot to the table don't you think. How I forget,,,some people don't think.
  • by George Location: Kinston on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    It amazes me that the state had to hire a Auditor to determine that she made too much money. Hello?!?! Do you think that was a watse of tax payers money?
  • by American Biker Location: Corrupt America on Aug 27, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    It probably costed another $200,000 dollars to come to this conclusion .. A conclusion that the average hard working American knew from the minute she was hired. I wish someone could show me at least one honest "Official", or "Rolemodel", but I think the days of honesty among the rich and powerful is over. Well I work 2nd shift and make about 41K a year, so I better get to work .......... Just one is all I'm asking .....
  • by Millie Location: Windsor on Aug 27, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    This poor excuse of a human being should receive not salary but 20 years at hard labor - along with her infamous mate.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Aug 27, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    In one of the posted stories it said she wasn't in her office a lot and ran personal errands. I didn't realize this kind of "work" was so valuable. No wonder I don't make that kind of money
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