Kentucky auditors office releases results of election leave report; results show many did not vote

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon on Tuesday released the results of a report on election leave by state employees. The report examined the use of election leave for public employees during the 2015 General Election and the 2016 Primary Election. The report by Auditor Harmon’s office found during those two elections, as many as 1,329 public employees claimed four hours of paid election leave but were...

State Auditor Harmon finds former Jackson County treasurer overpaid herself $114,000

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The State Auditor’s Office found evidence of a record-breaking number of abuse and intentional overrides of internal controls by a former Jackson County treasurer as part of an audit of the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years. Among the findings, then-County Treasurer Beth Sallee overpaid herself more than $114,000 during the two years. That includes $54,000 in paychecks beyond...

Bevin opts out of appearance at Fancy Farm picnic, but attorney general Beshear will be on hand

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican Gov. Matt Bevin will not be adding any sizzle to the always fiery speeches that will be delivered in this tiny western Kentucky town next month. Bevin will skip the annual Fancy Farm picnic this year, citing a schedule conflict. But his Democratic nemesis, Attorney General Andy Beshear, will be there. The pair have been embroiled in an ongoing political tussle...

Kentucky wildlife officials take steps to prevent misappropriations following auditor’s report

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – An internal review within the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources turned up more than $90,000 in suspected misappropriated funds dating back to 2007, the state auditor reported Tuesday. Although the agency implemented safeguards in 2015 to prevent any further misappropriations, another totaling $3,980 was discovered in 2016 and turned over to...

State auditor’s office releases results of investigation into Louisville Arena Authority finances

Kentucky auditor Mike Harmon released the results of a financial statement audit conducted by his office of the Louisville Arena Authority (LAA), which was created in 2006 to oversee the financial management of the KFC Yum! Center. “Concerns have been raised for some time about the management of the KFC Yum! Center, especially in light of projections that the arena’s current revenue will not...

Audit of criminal justice training, law enforcement programs find management, spending issues

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harman said Thursday the findings of a special examination of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT), and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund (KLEFPF) revealed 10 findings related to the policies, procedures, and financial activity of DOCJT and KLEFPF, which will be referred to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. “Our...

Issues with transfer of funds to Unemployment Insurance Trust fund among auditor’s concerns

State Auditor Mike Harmon released the first volume of the annual statewide audit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the Fiscal Year ended on June 30, 2015. “It is always imperative for state government to operate as efficiently as possible with the proper safeguards and measures in place,” said Auditor Harmon in releasing the report. “This annual audit is one way we seek to identify issues...