NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Metro Nashville internal auditors say Davidson County Clerk John Arriola needs to tighten controls to ensure that taxpayers are getting the best deal.
That Metro audit, released today, follows a more damning state audit obtained Wednesday by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
"Competitive bidding was not being used to ensure major expenditures were obtained at optimal value," the Metro audit reads.
Among the findings:
Out of 33 major expenditures reviewed by auditors, 20 (61%) had not documentation "demonstrating 'best value' purchase decisions. Those 20 cases represented more than $509,000 in purchases apparently made without competitive bidding.
Six purchases on Metro credit cards (40% of purchases reviewed) exceeded the $250 maximum individual purchase limit. "None of the purchases were supported by receipts."
"Position vacancies have not been widely advertised."
Metro moneys collected by the clerk's office were not immediately deposited in Metro accounts, as required by the Metro charter. Instead, they were deposited into a separate account and transferred to city coffers semi-annually.