Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Voters Get Say in Hiring County Auditor

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Voters Get Say in Hiring County Auditor

Article excerpt

A proposal for an internal auditor to scout out fraud, waste or

abuse in Clay County government moved closer to reality this

week when a government review body agreed to let voters decide

its merits.

In its sixth and final public hearing, the Clay County Charter

Review Commission recommended Tuesday that the proposal appear

on the November ballot with four other amendments meant to

create a more efficient county government.

The County Commission is expected to give its blessings to the

five amendments on July 14 and send them to the Supervisor of

Elections Office for inclusion on the ballot.

The fifth amendment seeks a performance auditor who would

report to the County Commission. Voters may choose it only if

they approve another ballot proposal to remove the financial

duties from the clerk of the court.

The performance auditor would review the work of all county

departments and actions taken by the County Commission.

Proponents say that together, the two amendments provide checks

and balances: If the financial duties are taken from the clerk's

office and placed under the county manager, then the county

needs an internal auditor who would report to the board.

It's not a good idea for the performance auditor to report to

the same person who has the checkbook, the review commission

found. …

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