A defiant Carla Oglesby says she can't understand why anybody would question the timing of a Cook County contract to her public relations company, two weeks after she got hired as President Todd Stroger's Deputy Chief of Staff.
Oglesby says her company, CGC Communications, actually began performing the work for the county in December.
"I think work had been done for two, two and a half months before that," she told us. She says she often did work for CGC Communications clients without contracts.
Indeed, Oglesby had another client in December; she was also getting paid by the ill-fated re-election campaign of President Todd Stroger.
"There was no conflict of interest," she said. "I wasn't a county employee."
Oglesby was a Cook County employee on February 26th, when as Deputy Chief of Staff she signed the voucher form authorizing the county check to her company for $24,975. She says she handed it over to another CGC employee to be cashed.
"The one thing I think has come out of all this is there is definitely a flaw in the process," she said. "The flaw is there needs to be some sort of training early on, if you're going to have authority in the president's office to sign off on requisitions. And that was training i didn't get."