MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

April 10, 2012

Auditor’s office earns credit

State Auditor Gary Jones’ efforts to get caught up on back-logged audits are commendable.

When Jones took office in 2011, he found county, city and school audits far behind schedule.

While his office was getting caught up, it discovered some issues with Muskogee County and the District Attorney’s Office.

Jones said in the case of the District Attorney’s Office that there were no serious problems.

“We see no evidence that anything negative has happened,” Jones said. “It’s just not the case.”

The audits show the potential for serious issues — even criminal — if not cleared up.

“What we’re saying is these things you need to be aware of and correct to prevent something from happening.”

Too many times, throughout the state, there have been instances of government employees embezzling funds.

If the county and DA can clear up the issues brought up in the audits, they could prevent that from happening here.

The audits, which covered three years from July 2007 through June 2011, will be conducted annually in the future.

Jones’ office deserves credit for catching up on the audits.

Local officials now have the information and time before the next audit to correct the issues.

Hopefully, the state auditor’s office will never fall this far behind again.

And, hopefully, no local entity will have issues that could lead to serious problems again, as well.

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