Spokeswoman Steph Diedrick of the state auditor’s office confirmed to the Lake Sun last week that the tentative audit schedule work will begin after the first of year in 2018, though specific dates have yet to be announced.

A public meeting with Camden County officials and Missouri State Auditor’s Office staff is expected to be held in January to kick off a comprehensive state audit of all governmental offices approved back in April.

Spokeswoman Steph Diedrick of the state auditor’s office confirmed to the Lake Sun last week that the tentative audit schedule work will begin after the first of year in 2018, though specific dates have yet to be announced.

On April 19, 2017, the Commission approved an official resolution as per Missouri Revised Statutes to begin the process of requesting a State Audit, which Camden County has not undergone since it became a First Class County in 1997-1998.

Prior to that in March of 2017, the Commission approved a motion to pursue an independent or state audit after meeting with concerned citizens. A bi-partisan group of citizens had also undergone a county-wide effort to gather enough signatures to petition Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) for a state audit, circulating the petition around several local businesses.

The Commission ultimately decided a State Audit would be the best option to restore faith in local government and began pursuing the request with Galloway’s office. On April 27, 2017, the Commission received a letter from Galloway’s Chief of Staff, Michael A. Moorefield, confirming the receipt of the request and subsequent approval.

The Commission said they likely wouldn’t know the total cost of the audit until it was complete, but estimates have ranged from $100,000 to $150,000 depending on the scope and findings. The total cost of the audit will fall on the County and results may not be available until more than year after the audit is completed.

The scope will be determined by the State Auditor’s office, but will take concerns expressed to the office under consideration. This type of audit differs from the independent financial audit the Commission contracts Daniel Jones and Associates, CPA, to conduct on a nearly basis.

The state audit will also look more closely at whether or not county offices are abiding by Missouri State Statutes, including the Sunshine Law, and provide a detailed breakdown of cash flow, expenditures and revenue.

In prior years’ audits conducted by Daniel Jones and Associates, the County has been consistently cited for significant deficiency related to the lack of internal control procedures and documentation, as well as bank reconciliation issues.