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Published January 31, 2018
Galloway (finally) announces audit of Camden County
CAMDEN COUNTY – Though it has been talked about for quite a while, the official announcement of a state audit of Camden County was not released by the Missouri State Auditor until last week.
Auditor Nicole Galloway announced that her office has begun an audit of the government of Camden County.
The audit was initiated through a resolution approved by the Camden County Commission, Galloway said. A state audit report was last issued in 1994 prior to Camden County becoming a first class county in 1997.
“This will be a comprehensive audit to review county operations and practices to find any areas where Camden County can make improvements to better serve the public,” Galloway said. “Citizen input can be very beneficial to these audits, and I encourage residents who have information that may be helpful to contact our Whistleblower Hotline.”
An audit of the Camden County collector’s office is also underway. Missouri law requires an audit be performed when a vacancy occurs in a county collector office.
Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration may contact the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at https://auditor.mo.gov/state-auditors-whistleblower-hotline?_ga=2.220823569.82847661.1517498911-1298613822.1517498911
According to the minutes of the December 12, 2017 commissioners’ meeting, the commission met with Deborah Whitis from the State Auditor’s office for a briefing of the audit process and cost. According to the minutes:
“Deborah started off with an introduction, general rules and procedures. She stated that they also noticed that in May the previous Collector had retired so they are required to do a close out audit for her. Deborah then stated that the bill for the close out audit and the regular audit will be between $100,000 and $150,000. In this bill it will only be for the actual hours worked by the staff and can take up to four to five months. Once they are done with the field work they will go back to the office and create a draft. Then a exit meeting will happen and this meeting will be a closed session. After this is completed another series happens and Nicole Galloway receives the draft and reviews. Once reviewed and approved a report will be released. They will also have a press release that will be open to the public. Deborah stated as she was closing the meeting that if anyone has any concerns please submit them while they are here working not as they are leaving. She also stated that any concerns on the petition are private and will not be discussed while anyone.”
Nothing else on the audit should officially be released until the audit is finished later this year.
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