Ray Co. fares poorly in latest state audit

By David Knopf/News Editor

Citing unsatisfactory financial oversight and record-keeping, the Missouri State Auditor gave Ray County a “Poor” rating – the lowest of four grades – in audit findings released this month.

The “Poor” grade indicates that the report includes “numerous findings that require management’s immediate attention” and an overall recommendation that “this entity needs to significantly improve operations.”

Not all county departments were cited for deficiencies. The audit did, however, single out departments with the issues or procedures to correct.

• The deputy public administrator and a home care worker were charged earlier this year with theft and forgery in connection with the alleged theft of more than $26,000 from a disabled woman they were assigned. The audit cited the public administrator’s office for signing blank checks in his absence and “a lack of oversight and inadequate supporting documentation.”

• The former county clerk was cited several times. Included, according to the audit report, was a failure to properly bill for election services, using $16,006 from a school scholarship trust fund to cover election account shortages and failing to transfer all money owed to the Election Five Percent Fund, a fee charged to cities for election training.

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