Adam Edelen Auditor of Public Accounts

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    Auditor Edelen releases Southeast Bullitt Fire District exam, finds weaknesses in financial controls
    Fire Department also in violation of special district reform law Auditor Edelen spearheaded in 2013

    Auditor Adam Edelen today released a special examination of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District, finding lax controls and a lack of analysis of its finances while levying property taxes at the highest allowable rate. 

    The Auditor’s office began an examination last fall after receiving allegations concerning certain financial activity at the District. The District and the Southeast Bullitt Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Inc. have come under public scrutiny in recent months for a number of issues. The District has contracted with the Department to provide fire protection services in Bullitt County, just south of Louisville.



      Auditor Edelen releases Shelby County Schools exam, details scheme used to steal almost $600,000 from the district

      Auditor Adam Edelen today released a special examination of the Shelby County School District, finding that a former payroll manager accused of stealing nearly $600,000 appeared to have too much access to the payroll system and too little oversight.

      The exam confirmed payroll fraud totaling $593,179 that occurred over seven years and identified 16 findings and several recommendations to strengthen the financial management and oversight of the District. 

      “Stealing from kids and violating the public’s trust won’t be tolerated,” Auditor Edelen said.





        Auditor Edelen releases Fayette County Public Schools special examination, finds fiscal mismanagement, disparities between administrative and faculty benefits

        Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday released a special examination of Fayette County Public Schools, finding chronic mismanagement of the district’s budget and finances that have contributed to its financial instability.

        Auditors did not find any evidence of alleged criminal activity; however, they determined that poor financial management, weak policies and failed communications culminated in a weakened financial position for the district.  

        “This examination found that unfortunately, it’s not all about the kids,” Auditor Edelen said. “Mismanagement of the finances of the state’s 2nd largest school district, with an annual budget of more than $400 million, is obviously very troubling. But even more so is a culture within certain elements of management that does not reflect the district’s purported values. Our kids deserve better.”




          Auditor Edelen Releases CVG special examination, calls for restructuring board
          Recommends governor, legislature revise laws to clean up decades-old mess

          Auditor Adam Edelen on Tuesday released a special examination of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) board, calling for an overhaul of the governance structure to end decades of waste and abuse and better reflect the regional significance of the airport.

          “For far too long, CVG has served as a political appendage of the Kenton County judge/executive,” Auditor Edelen said. “One individual literally controls an airport that serves a metropolitan area of 2.1 million people and is critical to the economic vitality of the region and two states. Today, I am proposing reform to bring much-needed accountability and representation that reflects all the stakeholders of this regional asset.” 


          Auditor Adam Edelen to conduct public hearings to assess the fiscal health of rural hospitals

          Auditor Adam Edelen will host a series of public hearings across the Commonwealth this summer to talk about the fiscal health of rural hospitals.

          The 10 hearings kick off a study by the Auditor’s office that seeks to understand the challenges facing small, community hospitals that provide health care to 45 percent of Kentuckians and are key economic drivers in those communities.  

          “Rural hospitals are teetering on the edge of survival in many Kentucky communities,” Auditor Edelen said. “This is an effort to understand the degree to which our hospitals are in crisis and what might be done to save them.”


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