SEPTEMBER 13, 1930
I firmly intend to go thoroughly to the bottom of the charges* involving the distribution of pension funds in Guilford County. The State Pension Board, which is comprised of the governor, the state auditor, and the attorney general, met this morning to consider what steps should first be taken.
The question of who is entitled to receive a pension is determined in the first instance by the County Pension Board, subject to the approval of the State Board. In the absence of some discrepancy or error, which can be discovered by recourse to the records here, the recommendation of the county board is accepted by the state auditor and treasurer, the clerk being under bond and responsible for the disposition of the funds. In every case, the money is finally disbursed by the county board, acting through the clerk of the court, and the statute provides for an annual revision of the pension roll by the local board.
But this is state money, and the county pension boards constitute merely one branch of the machinery through which the State operates in this field. The State must rely upon the local county boards to keep the rolls properly purged, but any charge of irregularity touching a county board is a matter of the most serious and immediate State concern. I have instructed the attorney general to go thoroughly into the situation and we expect to get all the facts with a minimum of delay.____________________