Auditor: Camden's financial records a mess

March 2, 2009 4:49:56 AM PST
An auditor says Camden municipal records are in such a mess that the city's financial health cannot be determined. It's the third year in a row that auditor Bowman & Company has made such a finding about the city's books.

Camden regularly ranks among the poorest and most crime-ridden in the country. And things got so bad that the state government took control of some city government functions in 2002.

Theodore Z. Davis, Camden's state-appointed chief operating officer, says the problems show a lack of leadership in the city's Finance Department.

But City Councilman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson says the blame belongs to the state because it has oversight of Camden.

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