St. Louis News: Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway provides update on ongoing audit of the City of St. Louis

Jefferson City, Missouri (STL.News) – Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an update on Wednesday of the audit on the City of St. Louis.  The ongoing audit involves several departments, including the Department of Public Safety, Office of the Comptroller, Department of Personnel, Treasurer’s Office and St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE). Galloway said she plans to release reports throughout 2019 and 2020 on her office’s audit of the city of St. Louis.

“I accepted the request to audit the City of St. Louis because taxpayers deserve to know whether city business is being conducted efficiently and effectively,” Auditor Galloway said.  “I appreciate the feedback we’ve received from citizens on their concerns, and encourage them to continue to reach out to my office as audit work continues.”

The audit of the city’s Department of Public Safety will review overall operations and financial procedures to ensure efficiency.  Public Safety is the city’s largest municipal government department; it includes the Fire Department, the Metropolitan Police Department, six major divisions, two bureaus, and correctional facilities.

Work is also underway in the Department of Personnel, Office of the Comptroller and Office of the Treasurer.  The Department of Personnel maintains the city’s human resource responsibilities, employee benefit programs, training and development programs, and employment opportunities within the City of St. Louis.  The Comptroller’s office provides accounting services for the city, including financial reporting, federal grant administration, the management of outside vendor contracts, and asset management.  The Office of the Treasurer is responsible for maintaining the city’s banking systems and parking services.

Last year,  Galloway accepted the request by the Board of Aldermen to complete a comprehensive, independent audit of the City of St. Louis.  The last audit of the city was completed in 2010.

To date, the State Auditor’s Office has issued audits of the Supply Division, Board of Public Service and the Information Technology Services Agency.  The office also released a series of reports that included updates from city departments on their progress on 2010 audit findings.

Citizens interested in information on the audit can visit auditor.mo.gov/STLAudit.  The page includes links to recent reports and the 2010 audit, as well as resources for citizens to contact the State Auditor’s Office will their concerns.  Citizens can also provide information for consideration by contacting the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at [email protected] or by calling 800-347-8597.  Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.