Audit: Ky. sheriff has deficit, owes fiscal court

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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A state audit has found that an eastern Kentucky sheriff's office made several managerial mistakes last year and ended up with a deficit of more than $100,000.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/ZQ5NL2) cited an auditor's report released Thursday that showed Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman also owes $277,915 to the Fiscal Court for payroll assistance that dates to January 2011 when he took office.

The audit noted problems with "disallowed expenditures," exceeding salary limits and not adequately monitoring fuel purchases.

Peyman responded in the audit that he has or will address all the concerns, including last year's $112,889 deficit. He said all bank statements and ledgers are now current, that he will repay $519 for some charges and that he has implemented new policies on fuel purchases. He said he is also working on the salary issue.

Meanwhile, Jackson County Judge-Executive William O. Smith said the Fiscal Court took control of the sheriff's office in October.

"I've been in office for 20 years, and this is the worst audit I've ever seen of a county office," Smith said, adding that Peyman still owes a lot of money to Fiscal Court.

"We have to get our money from the sheriff's office," he said. "It has caused us to get behind in certain areas, like our retirement system."

Smith said the fiscal court took over control of the sheriff's office last October.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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