Springfield, MO

Whistleblower alleges misuse of funds by Greene County

Posted online

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway is seeking to conduct an independent audit of Greene County after receiving whistleblower information about alleged misuse of public funds.

For the county’s new half-cent general revenue sales tax that passed in November, the whistleblower complaint alleges county officials engaged in inappropriate activities, specifically duties related to the Invest in Greene County Political Action Committee. County employees allegedly accepted PAC donations in county offices during work hours, according to a news release.

Under Missouri law, public funds may not be used to advocate, support or oppose ballot measures or candidates for public office. Officials are allowed to provide information to residents about upcoming ballot measures.

Galloway penned a letter yesterday to the Greene County Commission asking them for permission to conduct an audit. According to the release, first-class counties must pass an ordinance or resolution allowing the auditor to conduct through reviews.

“Given the number of county officials and employees potentially involved, an independent audit is necessary to determine whether and to what extent public resources were used to improperly advocate for this ballot measure,” Galloway wrote. “I am calling on the county commission to request an independent audit of these matters.

“I ask that the county not destroy or dispose of any records relating to this ballot measure and any potential advocacy related to the measure until an independent audit has been conducted.”

Greene County spokeswoman Trysta Herzog issued a statement on behalf of the commission.

“The commission takes employee complaints seriously, and we intend to fully cooperate with the state auditor’s office on this matter,” the statement reads.

Steph Deidrick, spokeswoman for the auditor’s office, said the county has not yet passed an ordinance to grant authority to Galloway.


No comments on this story |
Please log in to add your comment
Editors' Pick

Bankruptcy court: Creditor taking over JQH assets

Former investor Jonathan Eilian’s J.D. Holdings plans to buy at least 35 properties through a landmark bankruptcy settlement.

Most Read
What is the top priority among these road projects in the city’s capital improvements program?

View results

SBJ Live logo
Booked - Go Back to the Basics

“You’ve gotta go back to the basics,” says Larry Peterson, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Springfield Missouri. Peterson says he gains leadership advice from General Ulysses S. …

App-titude - Due - A Simple To Do List Are your having trouble keeping track of everything on your to-do list? Due is an iOS app that helps you keep track of all your errands. “It essentially does just one thing — it keeps a due date …
Three Tips to Build Employee Buy In “First and foremost if you have any kind of idea that you want to bring forward, it has to be data driven,” says Kelly Lee, Business Program Manager on the Infrastructure Team at Facebook. Lee …
My Mentor - Career Guidance “I’ve had a couple [mentors], but probably a career mentor is David Agee. He’s been there since the day I started,” says Amanda Tummons with Husch Blackwell, one of Springfield Business …
Beyond the Spotlight - Brain Balance “They liked this and they thought it was important, but they couldn’t see — how do I actually make this into a business? How do I bring this into my business?” Robert Melillo, founder of …