Wednesday, March 15, 2017

State Auditor to review improper payouts to public officials

(From State Auditor Nicole Galloway)

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has directed her staff to begin a review of potentially improper or inappropriate payouts made with public dollars.

The review comes after recent reporting found the former director of the Department of Conservation was still receiving salary payments more than eight months after his employment ended, potentially as part of a separation or settlement agreement to resolve claims that may have been levied against the department.

"I am concerned about potential inappropriate payments agreed to by the Missouri Conservation Commission, and will immediately begin a review to determine whether other state agencies are negotiating back-channel settlements with taxpayer dollars," Auditor Galloway said.

Sen. Kiki Curls has also raised this issue as part of her work on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“It’s important that State departments and agencies are transparent with the public regarding any settlement payouts arising from claims against their department or the State. If settlements are being awarded for any reason, taxpayers and the legislature have a right to be made aware of it," Sen. Kiki Curls said.

"I thank Senator Curls for bringing this important issue to my attention," Auditor Galloway said.

The investigation will occur in addition to an ongoing audit of the state's Legal Expense Fund, which is the fund used to make payments stemming from lawsuits against the state. Additional work will also take place as part of a regularly scheduled audit of the Department of Conservation.

Individuals with information to share or concerns related to payments or other settlements may contact the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline by calling 800-347-8597, by emailing, or by using the new online submission form at Callers may choose to remain anonymous.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OK, great ambitions, but no human on earth has the life span to investigate the illegal actions of our politicians. Let's start with our governor who misused money for veterans in his campaign and work down to some of our senior republicans in the Senate and House. Right to work was funded by Humphries, Tamako fame, and let's not forget the little boys down in the county. McDonald County had a president of fire department misusing funds and is still in office and has not been to trial yet for charges brought by the County Prosecutor. It has been over a year and yet he still roams the roads looking to waste fire protection district money.