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Metro Audit Finds More Problems in Arriola Office

Posted: Updated: Jan 26, 2012 04:08 PM

By Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter

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.

Last July, the Metro finance director revoked Arriola's purchasing authority following questions raised by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

E-mail: pwilliams@newschannel5.com

Read Metro audit of Davidson County Clerk's Office

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