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Parkville mayor: 'Changes will be made'

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

The structure of the accounting department in Parkville has still not been set after a recent audit showed several flaws in the department.

According to Gerry Richardson, mayor, the city has not made a decision on how the department will be changed.

“There will be an overall restructuring of the financial department,” said Richardson. “We will improve the control procedures and have retained an accounting firm to look at it. Changes will be made.”

Shannon Thompson, city administrator, said the results should be given to the city in the next couple of weeks.

The firm being used by the city is McBride, Lock, and Associates out of Kansas City, Mo.
Richardson said the process of evaluating the department started under interim city administrator Dave Olson three to four months ago.

The city received an audit report two weeks ago stating the city did not have a sufficient system of checks and balances in the accounting department, with only one person in the department.

The same points identified in the 2007 audit were also identified in the 2006 audit previously and had not been corrected.

Sean Ackerson, assistant city administrator, previously told The Landmark hinted that the audit report resulted in some staff shakeups at city hall. Collector Loretta Stevens was dismissed by the city effective Jan. 1.

On Tuesday, the board received a revenue-expense summary prepared by Steve Berg, city treasurer. In the memo Berg states, “Due to our current staffing shortage and the many roles I am attempting to fill, this is the best I can prepare for now.”

The summaries were previously prepared by Stevens for the board meetings.


1/16/09: Internal control issue
1/7/09: Collector ousted


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