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Audit of Dallas County, finds concerns with financial practices in some county offices


Press release

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released an audit of Dallas County, in southwest Missouri. The audit highlighted concerns with accounting procedures in several county offices, including the Sheriff, Public Administrator and Recorder of Deeds. The county received an overall rating of “good.”

“In looking at the financial practices of the county, our audit found several areas where officials could make improvements to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used most efficiently,” Auditor Galloway said. “I appreciate that the response of county officials to the audit indicates their commitment to making those changes.”

The audit found the Sheriff’s office didn’t have adequate procedures for recording, depositing and disbursing inmate money, and that records of sales of e-cigarettes were not accurately documented. Proper controls and procedures also were not in place to ensure that board bills for housing prisoners were collected.

The  audit also found the Public Administrator did not have adequate documentation for fees assessed to wards and estates, and the Recorder of Deeds did not maintain an accurate check register balance or prepare adequate bank reconciliations. The report also indicated the county needed to make improvements in procedures for fuel and vehicle usage, and controls over county computers were not adequate to prevent unauthorized access.

In the responses to the recommendations, county officials indicated they were working to implement most of the improvements.

The complete audit can be found here.