Monday, July 26, 2021

State Auditor Hires New Chief Investigator

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

State Auditor Shad White announced today that he has named Larry Ware as the new Director of Investigations and Debi Cox as the new Deputy Director of Investigations at the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor.

“We have an incredible team of professionals in the Investigations division, doing some of the most important white-collar crime work in the region. The addition of Larry and the promotion of Debi will only make that division stronger. We will continue to tackle corruption on behalf of the taxpayers,” said White.

Larry Ware came to the State Auditor’s office earlier this year after serving as the director of the Public Integrity Division at the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Ware graduated from Mississippi State University and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He was the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Association “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” in 2012 and has been recognized as a “Top Cop” multiple times during his career. Debi Cox is a longtime investigator at the Auditor’s office, most recently serving as Lead Special Agent in South Mississippi. Cox is a University of Southern Mississippi graduate and a Certified Public Accountant.

“I am honored Auditor White has entrusted me with leading the Investigations Division of the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor,” Ware said. “I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Auditor’s Office and our partners to continue serving the citizens of Mississippi.”

Cox said, “I’m excited to continue building on the work the office has already done, and I’m grateful to Auditor White for this opportunity.”

Ware and Cox replace Richie McCluskey and Bo Howard, the outgoing Investigations Division leadership.

“Both Richie and Bo did an incredible job, helping land some of the biggest public embezzlement cases in state history during their time at the Auditor’s office,” said Auditor White. “But when you land big cases, other offices start to notice your work and try to recruit you, which is what happened. I’m excited for the two of them and their families. Now we turn to making this office the strongest it can be going forward.”

Kingfish note:  Howard is going to the Internal Revenue Service while Bankplus poached McCluskey.  Big promotions for both men. 



Anonymous said...

Me thinks they will be heading down towards Hinds County .....

Anonymous said...

I know Debi Cox. Her and her Husband are both fine people and both career law enforcement. Raised two great kids and have always been respected around Hattiesburg. Good for Debi. I hope she can get them 3 years before she gets burned out by the BS.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Larry! You got a good one in him!

Anonymous said...

He is the best of the best. It is sad he has to hire additional staff to keep up with all the corruption.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they look at Canton Ms. and look at the “fake tornado insurance policy”.

southernblogger said...

So very proud of Bo Howard and the work he has done for our state. Congratulations on your new promotion Bo! Well deserved.

Anonymous said...

"It is sad he has to hire additional staff to keep up with all the corruption."

That's not additional; it's replacement.

Anonymous said...

KF posted the formers' new jobs and calls it good moves to disguise internal turmoil & shakeup? Does Shad make a donation with each posting?

Anonymous said...

Gotta question the mental status of anybody who leaves a job to accept one at the IRS.

Anonymous said...

Still won’t investigate crooked Phil! I wonder if Shad makes candidates for office take an oath of allegiance to Daddy Phil!

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