We examined some 1,100 emails from public officials to report our story on misspending at the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services.
Now you can, too.
Use the links below to view emails sent by top administrators related to DSS.
Let us know if you spot something that you think deserves further scrutiny. You can leave a comment below or send an e-mail.
The buzzword for this is "crowdsourcing."
But the concept is as old as the notion that two heads are better than one.
(Collective wisdom is illustrated this way by author James Surowiecki: On the game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," the lifeline to an expert friend yielded the correct answer about 65 percent of the time, while the studio audience was right 91 percent of the time.)
Here are the links:
Click here for County Manager Harry Jones.
Click here for DSS Director Mary Wilson.
Click here for Finance Director Dena Diorio.
Click here for auditor Cornita Spears.
Click here for administrator Beverly Hinson.
Click here for supervisor Cindy Brady.
Here's a link to an e-mail highlighted in our story, in which Wilson says a senior fiscal administrator has left directors "frustrated with her inability to explain the simplest concepts of revenue and expenses."
- Doug Miller