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State Auditor Releases Clark County Audit, Recommends Increased Oversight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (Sept. 26, 2016) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released an audit of Clark County, located in northeast Missouri. Auditors raised concerns about the need for increased oversight in a number of offices to ensure accurate, complete records. In the sheriff’s office, auditors recommended increased checks and balances over employees who handle accounting duties. They also determined that the office lacked sufficient procedures to prevent the potential loss or misuse of funds and to collect certain fees owed to the office.

Auditors also identified issues in personnel records, including a lack of review of timesheets by the county clerk. Although most county employees followed uniform policies, employees of the sheriff’s office submitted timesheets to the clerk months after being paid for hours worked and did not submit leave records for the clerk to maintain.

“Missourians deserve to know that their government is operating efficiently and effectively, and my team has made recommendations to Clark County officials to help them do just that,” Auditor Galloway said. “We’ve outlined a number of steps that will help protect taxpayer funds and sensitive information maintained by county offices.”

The audit also found that more could be done to protect sensitive data maintained by county offices. Some employees did not regularly change passwords or use passwords for computer access, and there was no automatic locking of computers after multiple incorrect logon attempts were made. Some offices also lacked off-site storage for backed up data, a critical practice to ensure information is not lost in the case of technical issues or a cybersecurity breach.

The county seat of Clark County is Kahoka.

The complete audit report received an overall performance rating of “fair” and can be found online here.