Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Cosmo Board responds to State Auditor demand

Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology Executive Director Sharon Clark issued the following statement.

MISSISSIPPI STATE BOARD OF COSMETOLOGY FINANCIAL DEMAND ISSUED
 TO MS STATE BOARD OF COSMETOLOGY MEMBERS

The Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology serves the citizens of Mississippi and Cosmetologists, Estheticians and Manicurists throughout the state. The Board meets the last Monday of each month in the Jackson office. During each Board meeting, the Executive Director reports to the Board with a status of the office and any existing issues that may be occurring.

David Derrick was the Executive Director in fiscal year 2017, which covered July 1, 2016 until June 30, 2017. The Board relied on Mr. Derrick to be forthcoming with information and to uphold office procedures in accordance with MS Department of Finance and Administration state laws.

In January and February of 2017 the Board members were hearing from licensees that licenses were not being issued and that a backlog was developing in the Board’s office. The Board questioned Mr. Derrick on the issue and about financials; however, the demands were rebuffed with what appeared to be legitimate excuses (staff turnover, new computer system, etc.). The Board was not aware that receipts and deposits were not being made.

During the March and April meetings, the Board continued to press the Executive Director on these issues. Sensing the Board’s oncoming actions, Mr. Derrick resigned at the next special called Board meeting on May 15, 2017. The Board began working with the Auditor’s office to immediately address the problems that were found.

The State Auditor’s Office began an audit in April, 2017. As a result of that audit, the State Auditor is demanding that Board members at the time of the audit pay the state about $21,000 due to lax oversight in money handling. Executive Director David Derrick was not bonded. After verification that the Executive Director was not bonded, the State Auditor chose to place the financial burden on the bonded Board Members. The Board responded to that audit’s findings on January 29, 2018 and that response can be found at www.msbc.ms.gov.

The news release on April 3, 2018 incorrectly stated that the Auditor’s Office issued demands to four current board members and one former member of the Board. The current Board of Cosmetology members are Dorothy Ennis – President and Darlene Smith – Secretary, Deborah Coker, Hilda Bills, and one vacant position pending replacement of the late Donald Vaughn.

Three Board members, then President Waylon Garrett, then Vice-President Glenda Honeycutt, and then Secretary Bertha Johnson, resigned their position by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2017.

The Board elected a new President and Secretary and hired a new Executive Director, who began with the Agency on July 10, 2017. The Board has addressed the concerns of the audit and continues to find ways to better serve the licensees and citizens of Mississippi. Licenses are being issued in a timely fashion. If any licensee has not received their license they can contact the Board’s office at (601) 359-1820 or by email at whereismylicense@msbc.state.ms.us.

The MS State Board of Cosmetology will continue to look forward to the future of the Agency and will continue to work with the Auditor’s Office to ensure that policies and procedures are followed.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

1) Pay up. You were the board, you were responsible for your employee's actions, or your inaction.

2) Why in the hell do we need a cosmotology board anyway? Other than to limit competition for the current hairdressers, what good does it do to have this board, and its licensing?

Wait. Maybe #2 above should be #1.

Anonymous said...

Get rid of 50% of the regulatory boards in this state and watch employment and productivity soar.

F mickns said...

Why have a Cosmetology Board at all? Why have any governmental regulatory "protections" for our citizens at all?

Just like the memory of Gulf hurricanes, measles and polio outbreaks,etc. fade from one generation to the next.

I am old enough to remember the heartache, physical pain and emotional distress inflicted on the public when anyone with a sink presented themselves as hair dressers, barbers, make up artists, etc.

Also, just think about the recent and ongoing disaster stories around Botox injections, breast implants, hair transplants, butt enlargements, etc., that occurred before these procedures came under governmental regulatory protections.

The problems with this board appears not to be in their regulatory mission, but rather to the inefficient, lax and ineffective management of their employee who was responsible for administration.

The biggest mistake the board made was not getting their Executive Director bonded. The bonding company would have done a more detailed background check on that person and possibly red flags would have surfaced before the hire.

Think baby and bath water.

Anonymous said...

You're right, Fred. We need a Cosmetology Board exactly as much as we need a Baby and Bath Water Board.

Anonymous said...

One of the worst public statements I've ever seen from a public or private organization. As a writer, I've excreted better statements.

Anonymous said...

"Also, just think about the recent and ongoing disaster stories around Botox injections, breast implants, hair transplants, butt enlargements, etc., that occurred before these procedures came under governmental regulatory protections."

Geez, the lack of self-awareness and self-contradiction is staggering. The words "recent" and "ongoing" contradict the statement that all these horrible things happened before "governmental regulatory protections" took effect. If these government actions were so effective why are the disasters "ongoing"?

"I'm from the government - I'm here to help" - just ask 17 families who were not protected at Parkland HS despite numerous warnings to "governmental regulatory" protectors.

Anonymous said...

I got a great idea.

Why not let's have a Governmental Board Regulating Governmental Boards.

And the people in government who really care about people like you and me could appoint people who really care about people like you and me to serve on it.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing contradictory about 'recent and ongoing' as used in the context of Mr. Mickens' post. We've also had recent and ongoing cold-weather snaps.

But, correct me if I'm wrong here: The auditor is demanding payment from board members who were not board members when the ox walked off into the ditch? And a prior board didn't ensure that the director was bonded, right? First off, a job description with requisites should mention bonding. If it doesn't, somebody was negligent.

I agree that we have way too many boards; however, do we really want these 'salons' to open up on every corner, like banks? You'll have every manner of foreign national behind shop windows, wearing masks and applying all manner of chemicals, including injections. Those same people live in apartments all over town and many walk to work. They can disappear at the drop of a hat when unlicensed and uncontrolled. After all, many of these people came here from areas that still ship us fish, shrimp, frog legs and crawfish tails raised in shit dumps and sewage lagoons.

Anonymous said...

If a rouge barber opens and they do a horrible job, guess what will happen: they will go out of business.

The market is much better at protecting an individual than any government board will ever be.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, it’s not about them giving bad haircuts... it’s about barbers giving a shave with a dirty razor and getting a staff infection or hiv... or your wife hair falling out because of improper chemicals... it’s about clean towels... etc

Anonymous said...

6:56. Please send a picture of a red barber....

Anonymous said...

539, I did not suggest getting rid of the State Board of Health. Just the board that issues licenses that keep competition down. The BOH is the entity that protects against all those horror you suggest could occur with the dissolving of the occupational licensing board.

Anonymous said...

539 and 722 I did not suggest getting rid of the State Board of Health. Just the board that issues licenses that keep competition down. The BOH is the entity that protects against all those horror you suggest could occur with the dissolving of the occupational licensing board.

Anonymous said...

Walk into any Wahl-Mark and, right up front by the doors, take a look into the 'salon'. You'll see five to eight foreigners wearing masks doing everything from massaging feet in a bucket to applying facial chemicals and painting nails.

These same people have no identity whatever. They are NOT Wahl-Mark employees. They are NOT US citizens. If an inspector of any description shows up, they scatter like roaches and you'll never see them again.

Anonymous said...

"There's nothing contradictory about 'recent and ongoing' as used in the context of Mr. Mickens' post. We've also had recent and ongoing cold-weather snaps. "

Uh, I'll type slowly since you seem to be having difficulty with that whole "reading comprehension" thing. The previous poster, to whom I replied, implied that if we had government regulatory boards in place these terrible things would not have happened. I pointed out that we have all types of government boards but the poster admitted the 'recent and ongoing' terrible things are happening (present tense) anyway.

What specific "government regulatory board" prevents cold-weather snaps? Please educate us.

Anonymous said...

95% of boards and administrative agencies created by the legislature are nothing but a way for politicians to hand out do-nothing jobs with big salaries and benefits to their cronies. like the department of marine resources for example . we have all of a 35 mile coastline in this state and for that we need a dept of marine resources ? it could be handled by game and fish. oh and dont forget the first director of marine resources is still doing time in federal prison for defrauding the taxpayersout of a few million.

Anonymous said...

For the dunce at 9:08; the sentence which included 'cold weather snaps' was created to give you an example of how recent and on-going could be used together in a sentence. You had earlier objected that it was inappropriate to do so. You win the day for slow-and-confused. Keep it up and you might win a monthly award.

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