The committee, which is scheduled to fulfill Tuesday, now could be led by Councilman Mark Tougher, R-Seventh District, and contains Days, Fitch and Councilwoman Shalonda Webb, D-4th District. The 4 symbolize the brand new majority on the seven-member council, and are sometimes at odds with St. Louis County Govt Sam Web page, a good friend of Tucker’s who defended the auditor in opposition to criticism by Stenger.
Whereas the committee may improve the wage for the auditor’s place in an effort to draw extra candidates and require the auditor be a licensed public accountant, the committee additionally desires extra “accountability to the council and extra collaboration with the council,” Tougher stated.
“The priorities of that division needs to be in unison with the priorities of the council,” he stated.
Days, Fitch and Tougher stated they wish to tighten oversight of county funds they stated Tucker did not adequately overview, together with the Web page administration’s spending of $173 million in federal COVID-19 help. The county additionally expects to obtain a brand new inflow of $190 million from the American Reduction Plan Act.
Tucker additionally has failed to provide audits of different departments, Days stated, together with the county’s troubled jail system, which earlier this month revealed it had not been reimbursed for about $1 million in expenses because it had failed to issue invoices. The county plans to rent an impartial auditing agency to overview the jail’s funds and help an investigation.