State audits shine light on short staffs and potential risks
PADUCAH- As State Auditor Adam Edelen releases his annual reports for Kentucky counties, one common complaint is coming to light, a lack of adequate segregation of duties.
Stephenie Hoelscher, Communications Director for Edelen's office, told Local 6 if the county has the comment on it's report, it doesn't mean anyone is doing anything wrong, just that there's a higher risk for mistakes. She said it's a very common in audits and lots of counties across the state are dealing with it.
"It is something they have to work harder at and get a little creative at and in most cases it takes the elected official to oversee operations," she said.
Ballard County Clerk Lynn Lane said she's about as hands on as she can be and as a result feels comfortable with how her office handles separating duties. She said she doesn't mind the state audits and like to get their feedback.
McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden said last year was the first year his department didn't get the mark and said it's a "work in progress" to maintain the separation the state requires.