- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s largest state government employee union says a top-to-bottom review of organizational practices will happen after last week’s departure of its longtime leader following possible financial irregularities.

State Employees Association of North Carolina Interim Executive Director Mitch Leonard announced Monday a Washington-based accounting firm will investigate financial transactions at the organization involving former Executive Director Dana Cope. Leonard says the firm will make recommendations to him and the group’s Board of Governors.

Cope resigned after The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the association had paid $109,000 in unbid landscaping work to a company that also worked at Cope’s home. The newspaper also detailed personal expenses paid with association credit cards.

The group performed an internal investigation, but Leonard acknowledged the probe perhaps didn’t go far enough.

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