Wednesday, April 15, 2020
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE ANSWERS AUDIT!!!
Courthouse debate over finances continues amid a global pandemic . . .
Here's the latest . . .
Just now, Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway released her audit that calls out a few instances of questionable spending . . . The highlight isn't real estate deals that proved costly but vehicle allowances for Caleb's fancy truck that soured the rising star's relationship with most newsies and Courthouse denizens whilst putting him in lowered standing with the new administration as the relationship with the Legislature soured.
Still, the analysis of COMBAT doesn't seem to evoke any hardcore outrage in much the same way locals lament the KCMO murder rate but don't seem to want to hold elected officials accountable for it . . .
Update, without any paywall The Examiner has a great audit report:
Accordingly . . .
The response from the courthouse seems somewhat effective as it shifts blame after the Exec's administration lost control of the courthouse program years ago.
Jackson County Executive statement on COMBAT state audit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. has issued the following statement on the audit report of Jackson County’s Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax (COMBAT) released by the Office of Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway:
“On January 3, 2018, I recommended that the County Legislature request the Office of Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway conduct a thorough and independent performance audit of Jackson County’s financial policies and practices. Performance audits provide an objective analysis to improve operations, reduce costs and facilitate communication, decision-making, corrective actions and public accountability.
“Upon Auditor Galloway’s acceptance of the audit request on April 11, 2018, my administration has fully participated in this process to help her staff complete their scope of work, which will include more than one audit report. The first report focuses on Jackson County COMBAT.
“While my Administration has not been responsible for the oversight of COMBAT for more than two years, we support the recommendations by the state auditors and to the extent feasible, will work with all parties involved to assist in implementing those recommendations. My office’s direct responses to the state audit recommendations are included in the report issued today. I’d like to commend the efforts of State Auditor Nicole Galloway and her staff, whose hard work will ensure COMBAT achieves its mission of creating a strong, safe community.”
Developing . . .