Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced Tuesday that the long-awaited audit of Greene County is underway.
The auditor had made multiple statements about her desire to do an audit of the county following allegations of misuse of funds by a whistleblower. The Greene County Commission requested the audit as one of their first actions after Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon was sworn into office in January.
“I have high confidence in our staff that everything would be in order but I think it would be good for the full audit to restore the public trust,” Commissioner Dixon said at the time the Commission voted for the audit.
The auditor’s office has been working with Greene Auditor Cindy Stein and administrator Chris Coulter to lay the groundwork for the actual audit. The audit will be a “high level” audit, meaning that if Galloway finds no evidence of mismanagement or fraud, she does not have to do an in-depth investigation of every county department.
Citizens who have beneficial information are being encouraged to contact the auditor through the state’s whistleblower hotline, 800-347-8597. You can also email the auditor’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://auditor.mo.gov/hotline.
Several Greene County officials, including Sheriff Jim Arnott, have welcomed the audit saying it would allow citizens to have more confidence in the effectiveness of their county government.