Like it or not, the political reality is that Jackson County Exec Frank White is a lot more popular now that he holds the purse strings for MILLIONS IN FEDERAL STIMULUS. This might change if the property tax debacle continues in the midst of a pandemic. But for now, good government complaints don't dissuade all of Jackson County kissing his ring for more cash.
Accordingly, here's today's negative press on an audit:
The Chairman of the Jackson County Legislature Theresa Galvin has issued the following statement on the audit report of Jackson County
“The Jackson County Legislature in conjunction with the County Executive requested an independent audit by the Missouri State Auditor to provide assurance to all County elected officials and citizens of Jackson County that all assets of the County are safeguarded through proper internal controls that fully comply with applicable State and County laws.
“Staff of Jackson County are to be commended for fully cooperating with the process for the scope of work conducted by State Auditor Nicole Galloway and her staff.”
“The County Legislature will continue to strengthen oversight efforts of county operations and internal controls through policymaking measures to establish best practice standards that fall within the separation of powers of the existing Jackson County Charter. I have confidence the County Executive will work to do the same within his delegation of charter duties and powers.”
And here's the reply from the top ranking politico at the courthouse:
“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 included more than one audit report. The second report released today focuses on Jackson County’s No-Bid Contracts and Other Expenditures.
“I understood my recommendation to have the state auditor’s office dig into the longstanding policies and practices of Jackson County would not be easy or fun; however, it was necessary to make us better. I am pleased to know that most of the recommendations made involve issues that have already been addressed by the County.
We will continue to work with the elected leaders of Jackson County to make additional improvements in the days, weeks and months ahead. I would like to commend the efforts of State Auditor Nicole Galloway and her staff, whose hard work will ensure our government is operating effectively with the utmost transparency and efficiency.”
You decide . . .