County Comptroller fires recently appointed auditor

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Director of Audits Christopher DeMeo was fired by his boss, Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois on Wednesday.  The termination occurred one day after Mid-Hudson News published a story about the October 25, 2021 appointment of DeMeo.
A source told Mid-Hudson News that DeMeo was fired at the end of the day on Wednesday and had to be escorted from the County Office Building after he became irate. 

When DeMeo, a CPA with 40 years of experience, applied for the Dutchess County job he listed relevant work experience as a senior auditor for Westchester County, Controller for Westchester School for Special Children, and director of Risk Management for the Town of Greenwich.  Mid-Hudson News learned that DeMeo had omitted his former employment as Director of Audits for Ulster County and that was cause for Lois to end his employment in Dutchess County.

Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois.
DeMeo was hired by Lois at a salary of $92,000 annually and the comptroller said his duties were to oversee the daily operation of the office’s audit and reporting function, supervise audit staff, monitor and maintain workflow among the staff, and assume the duties of the deputy comptroller if the deputy is absent. DeMeo was responsible for researching, collecting, and providing information and providing confidential advice on internal control and auditing issues that would result in accounting and audit policy determinations. 
Lois was out of the office for a family matter on Thursday and was unavailable for comment.