The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 22, 2013

Results of state audit of Diamond city government to be presented

By Roger McKinney

DIAMOND, Mo. — Diamond city officials and residents on Wednesday will learn the results of a yearlong audit of city finances by Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.

Schweich will present the results in a public meeting at 5 p.m. at Diamond City Hall, 301 E. Market St. He also will present recommendations and will take questions from those attending.

The audit was undertaken in Jan. 20, 2012, after the auditor’s office accepted a petition signed by 173 registered voters in Diamond. The petition required signatures of 166 registered voters in Diamond, which is 25 percent of the total number of registered voters.

The state auditor in August released the results of the audit of Diamond municipal court, rating its performance as “poor,” the lowest possible rating.

 Among its findings were that the city court staff didn’t properly complete some credit card transactions, resulting in $400 of them being denied when the staff tried to process them. Cash receipts totaling $207 weren’t deposited. Transactions often were deposited into the wrong city bank account. Court records weren’t maintained in an orderly fashion and some couldn’t be located. The court clerk didn’t file a monthly list of cases heard.