We are still waiting for an answer, and with each passing week, we are beginning to wonder if we will ever be privy to the results of an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol into questions raised about Camden County budget documents. But perhaps we are just being strung along in hopes that people will forget the whole debacle and the case can just be quietly dropped as no more than political maneuvering.

We are still waiting for an answer, and with each passing week, we are beginning to wonder if we will ever be privy to the results of an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol into questions raised about Camden County budget documents. But perhaps we are just being strung along in hopes that people will forget the whole debacle and the case can just be quietly dropped as no more than political maneuvering.

The  investigation was launched by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control in May 2016 after a preliminary investigation began in March 2016 at the request of Camden County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gilley.

According to the MSHP in May 2016, investigators had uncovered information that could raise questions about criminal misconduct. 

The investigation appears to stem from apparent disagreements between the auditor’s office, prosecuting attorney’s office and sheriff’s office regarding the 2016 budget, according to at least some of the parties involved. 

A year has come and gone since the MSHP was recruited to investigate concerns over budget documents in the Camden County Auditor’s office, yet we are no closer to having an inkling of what, if anything happened. Apparently neither does Moniteau County Prosecutor Shayne Healea. He was appointed as the special prosecutor whose job is to review the findings and determine if charges are warranted. 

Despite the fact that the findings were turned over to him  in December of last year by the MSHP, it appears he is in no hurry to make a decision. We understand Mr. Healea is embroiled in  his own problems. But the last time we checked he was still receiving a salary courtesy of the taxpayers. 

In all fairness, regardless of his own legal troubles, he still has a responsibility to the public and as the special prosecutor that responsibility extends to the taxpayers of Camden County. If Mr. Healea can’t, for some reason, render a decision, he should turn the review of the findings over to someone who can. 

If there has been a crime, it should be prosecuted. If this whole thing really was just political maneuvering, people need to know that too.

It’s past time that officials in authority take this case seriously. Thousands of Camden County citizens get up every day; they go to work; they abide the laws of the state; and many lend a helping hand when needed. There are many good, hard-working residents here who are never touched by hard crime, will never need the police or a prosecutor, but they diligently pay taxes to uphold the protections of a civil society. The use or misuse of their tax funds and government agencies deserves the attention and respect of law enforcement, and they definitely deserve more than the three-ring circus they’re getting.