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Inside an elected official's work schedule

Posted April 28, 2016
Updated April 29, 2016

As an investigative reporter for WRAL, one of my primary responsibilities is to hold government accountable. More specifically, it’s to hold public officials accountable.

As one taxpayer explained, “I’m paying your salary. I work hard for my money. You should work hard for my money, too.”

Eighteen months ago, our team was contacted by a viewer concerned about the work habits, or lack thereof, of a local elected official. This is a person elected and paid by taxpayers, more than $130,000 a year.

We started investigating, at times running into road blocks over personalities and public records.

Ultimately, WRAL Investigates used surveillance, interviews and courthouse entry records to seek out the truth.

Taxpayers will be interested to learn what the law requires of elected leaders and what this official has to say about a questionable work record. Our story airs in WRAL’s 5 p.m. News on Tuesday.


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