Landmark assistant editor
The two candidates vying to replace
Sandra Thomas as Platte County auditor draw definite
distinctions between themselves and their opponent.
Siobhann (pronounced shuh-vawn)
K. Williams, the Democrat candidate for Platte
County auditor, highlights her certified public
accountant (CPA) credential, a credit her Republican
opponent, Ruby Maline, lacks.
Williams also points to many years
of experience as a corporate accountant. Williams
serves as a high-level accountant, working in
the finance division of the Kansas City Area Transportation
Ruby Maline, the current deputy
Platte County auditor, highlights her decade of
experience in the actual Platte County auditors
I have Platte County-specific
experience, 10 years of it, Maline told
Maline also emphasized the huge
size, in dollars, of the Platte County budget.
Platte County has an annual budget
of over $65 million, $110 million in capital assets,
$85 million in bonded indebtedness, three TIF
(tax increment financing) projects, one transportation
development district (TDD) and 221 miles of roads,
among several other high profile budgetary responsibilities,
Thats an awful lot
to ask of someone who has never handled it before,
Williams, on the other hand, points
to her record of streamlining financial
I have a lot of experience
streamlining accounting processes to make them
more efficient. I really take the straightest
line possible to the objective, Williams
Williams again drew a bold line
of distinction between her own credentials and
Im the only CPA running
for county auditor. Im the only candidate
able to bring a new set of eyes to the office,
Sandra Thomas, the Platte County
auditor for the past 12 years, is the Republican
candidate to replace Claire McCaskill as Missouri
Thomas office, in which
Maline serves as her chief deputy, has been criticized
the past few months over a $195,000 accounting
discrepancy announced in July by the county treasurer,
Brown serves as the treasurer
for Williams campaign.
Williams has emphasized that as
a CPA with a proven record of successful
financial management systems, she would
implement procedures at the Platte County auditors
office which would keep the countys cash
and investments balanced.
William also said that, if elected,
she would end the current practice of paying
outside auditors to win awards.
Williams stated in a Monday press
release that she believes that Thomass record
of nine consecutive Certificates of Achievement
for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program,
items that Thomas frequently highlights in her
state auditor race, are solely the result of the
work done by the countys external auditor,
Troutt, Beeman & Co., of Harrisonville.
If I win an award, I want
it to be for my own work, stated Williams.
It just isnt right for the office
to make the taxpayers pay extra for something
and then claim credit for someone elses
If the county has a fully-trained
and qualified CPA as the county auditor, then
there is no reason to pay an outside party to
perform this service, Williams stated.
With my experience working
with these reports as an outside auditor and CPA,
the transition to preparing the comprehensive
annual financial report in-house should be a smooth
one. If elected, I plan to make this change immediately
upon taking office, Williams stated.