By Michael R. Moser
The Cumberland County Commission's audit committee held its organizational meeting and among first items of business is preparation of an annual report that, once given committee approval, will be forwarded to the full commission.
Commissioner Sonya Rimmer was elected chairman; Commissioner Jan McNeil vice-chairman; and County Finance Director Nathan Brock was re-elected as secretary for the committee. All were elected unanimously.
Other members include Bill Startup and Dennis Hinch.
The audit committee was created at the recommendation of the Tennessee Comptroller's Office and has among its responsibilities the review of annual state audit findings and what action is being taken to correct the findings. An annual report is to be presented to the county commission that is to include progress being made to meet the suggestions of the state auditor.
Most of the issues cited by the state auditor last year was the lack of segregated duties in local offices. This often is the result of officerholders having small staffs and not enough bodies to spread the work load.
Since that report has not been prepared, Rimmer, past committee chairman Commissioner Harry Sabine and Brock are to meet to discuss what needs to be included in the annual county commission report and to then draft a report for the committee to consider.
The county has just gone through a pre-audit meeting for fiscal year 2011-12 and that audit by the state is ongoing. Auditors should be finished with their work in late November or early December, Brock said, and a report published after the first of the year.
Until that time, the only pending business for the committee is the annual report to the full commission.