Mike Harmon Auditor of Public Accounts




Examination of City of Salyersville to Be Referred to Attorney General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Review by Auditor Mike Harmon’s office details two findings, one on city and other on local tourism commission

Today, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon released the results of an examination by his office of the financial management and operational activities of tourism funds received by the city of Salyersville in Magoffin County. The exam has two findings, which will be referred to the Office of Attorney General, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the local ethics board for review and possible action.

“Our decision to do this examination came about from concerns we received from the public about how Salyersville’s leadership was conducting business with tourism dollars they had received,” said Auditor Harmon. “What our exam found were overpayments to a contractor who also happens to be the Salyersville mayor’s son, and expenditures from the tourism commission for things like contract labor for election work and laundering uniforms. We found the local tourism commission did not approve those and other expenditures because the board hasn’t met since 2009.”




Auditor Mike Harmon: Continued Issues Tracking Compliance, Financial Information Preventing Proper Oversight of Local Tourism Commissions
Concern identified in latest data bulletin regarding impact of tourism in Kentucky

A new data bulletin released by Auditor Mike Harmon’s office focused on the impact of tourism on Kentucky’s economy highlights the continued failure to properly track whether the vast majority of local tourism commissions are compliant with requirements for special purpose government entities, or SPGEs.

Following a 2012 special examination by the Kentucky Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts, the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1 during the 2013 Regular Session, which created a registration system for SPGEs to submit administrative and financial information to the Department for Local Government (DLG). The law also requires DLG to report any SPGE, which includes at least 90 of the 116 local tourism commissions in Kentucky, that aren’t compliant with these requirements to the Auditor’s office and the Finance and Administration Cabinet.




Auditor Mike Harmon Announces Changes to Executive Staff
Restructure will bring more specialized focus to offices within the agency, with new directors named

Today, Auditor Mike Harmon announced three new position appointments that are part of a restructuring of the Kentucky Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts that will bring a more specialized focus to the audit offices within the agency.

“Team #FollowTheData continues to do outstanding work to bring greater accountability and transparency to local and state government for those we serve, the taxpayers. These changes being implemented will give us a greater ability in the pursuit of our goal of oversight and good government to all corners of the Commonwealth,” said Auditor Harmon.




Auditor Harmon Releases Annual Audit of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Fish and Game Fund
Fiscal Year 2019 audit contains two repeat findings from prior fiscal year review

Today, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon released the Fiscal Year 2019 audit of the revenue sources of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) Fish and Game Fund.

“The KDFWR touches the lives of many Kentuckians through the issuance of hunting and fishing licenses. Because of that, it is imperative that the agency provide transparency and accountability to our sportsmen and sportswomen, as well as taxpayers who help provide funding through federal grants,” said Auditor Harmon. “Our auditors followed the data, and the report we are issuing today identifies two recurring issues within KDFWR.”




Six-Figure Bonus to Spouse, Public Funds Used to Pay for Personal Expenses, Questionable Spending Among Issues Identified in Exam of Select County Attorney Offices
Special Examination of Nine County Attorney Offices Results in Nine Findings

Following a special examination by the Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon’s office, issues identified with the Boyd, Gallatin, and Lawrence County Attorney offices are being referred to federal and state law enforcement. The report, “Examination of Certain Financial Operations and Internal Policies and Controls of Select Kentucky County Attorney Offices” covered activity between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019, was released today by Auditor Harmon’s office.

“Based on our special exam of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Program, which my office released last December, we identified various issues that prompted our decision to conduct an examination of nine county attorney offices,” Auditor Harmon said. “We found numerous issues related to poor oversight and lack of controls over taxpayers funds, and little guidance and review from the state level.”




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