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Auditors say NC fair sales chief paid too much OT

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina auditors investigating a tip say the state fair's sales director earned excessive and unjustified overtime pay for years, a practice that's ended now that she's become a salaried worker.

State Auditor Beth Wood's office on Thursday reported that the State Fair's management failed to keep track of the overtime hours the sales director was working, evaluate whether it was needed, or follow through on a plan to eliminate it.

The audit doesn't name sales director Claudine Davis, who didn't return a call Thursday seeking comment.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steven Troxler's department oversees the fair, which is funded through revenues the annual October event generates. Troxler points out the audit found no fraud and managers have now made the sales job exempt from overtime.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-07-21-11 1158EDT

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