Second Corinth audit report suggests additional changes

CORINTH – A second external audit report on city of Corinth systems and finances recommends additional changes in internal controls and procedures.
The report from Vicksburg accounting consultant Donna Ingram follows a February site visit in which she further examined city departmental oversight systems.
As a specialist in forensic audits and fraud, Ingram was asked by the city board last fall for a status report when the new administration took office.
Ingram had visited Corinth in late December and observed the city clerk’s office, tax collections office and street department. She suggested changes in the city’s general accounting operations to improve internal controls and recommended an external audit procedure.
In the first report, Ingram noted that she was not able to evaluate the sewer department, city garage, municipal court, drug seizures, payroll, fixed assets and grants. Those areas were the focus of her second site visit and report.
A number of recommendations in the second report were directed at reducing the city’s cost for police and fire department overhead as it relates to vacation and sick leave accrual and overtime.
She also pointed out inventory control procedures in the police department’s drug seizure and evidence handling areas that should be strengthened.
Nothing in Ingram’s report required city board action, said city attorney William “Bill” Davis.
Most of the recommendations are departmental procedure and system changes which some department heads have already begun to implement, said Mayor Tommy Irwin.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.

Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau