City Absolved from Wrongdoing by State Auditor

The City of West Plains has been absolved of any wrongdoing from the Missouri State Auditor’s office in response to an anonymous complaint filed anonymously in May regarding the Parkside House in the Butler Children’s Park.

Mary Johnson, Chief of Investigations for the Auditor’s office, sent a letter to the City August 15 indicating the state did a thorough review of documentation pertaining to the complaint, and the state “will take no further action.”

The anonymous complaint accused the City of West Plains of: Transferring funds allocated for other expenditures to the Park, approving an ordinance to allocate funds other than what was passed in the approved budget, and passing the 2019-20 fiscal year budget during a closed meeting in violation of the Sunshine Law. The complainant also took exception to the city council’s chosen preference of the City’s proposal to build an all-inclusive park.

At the state’s request, the City of West Plains provided the necessary documentation to the Auditor’s office, which researched the matter and found no wrongdoing.

“We felt very comfortable in our stance that we had followed the correct procedures,” said City Finance Director Todd Harman. “We appreciate the thorough nature of the investigation and are glad to have this complaint behind us.”

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