Sheriff's Department Is In Debt

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

An eastern Kentucky sheriffs department is thousands of dollars in debt.

A state audit blames inadequate book keeping and poor oversight for the 85 thousand dollar deficit.

The Magoffin County Sheriff's Department is taking action to get their finances back on track.

Sheriff Bob Jordan is out of town but WYMT’s Angela Sparkman talked to him on the phone.

He says a lot of the problems are being taken care of, he's even using some of his own money, and he says they've already made changes to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

Bookkeeper Josie Bailey is taking over the finances in the Magoffin County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff hired her soon after state auditors found problems and she says her job isn't easy.

“By the end of 2006, there was a lot of money that hadn't been paid out, that should have been,” Bailey said.

State auditors say the bills add up to almost 85-thousand dollars.

“We found significant concerns in the audit with the fees and financial management,” Luallen said.

Bailey says the two big issues are payroll taxes and car loans.

The audit says the department was taking out taxes from employee paychecks, but not giving it to the IRS and instead using it themselves.

Bailey says she paid the I-R-S on Monday.

“Hopefully, everything has been taken care of,” Bailey said.

The Sheriff's office still owes thousands of dollars for three cruisers.

Bailey says the Sheriff got them two years ago thinking grant money would pay for them.

She says they didn't get the grants, and then they couldn't make the payments.

The bank added an overdraft fee every month.

Bailey says they're working with the bank now.

“He decided that he spent enough on them that he wanted to still try and keep them. Hopefully, in the next two years, we'll have them paid off,” Bailey said.

State auditor Crit Luallen says this is the third time she's found similar problems in the Magoffin County Sheriff's Office.

“So we have concerns. We'll be taking a careful look at the this same office in next year's audit,” Luallen said.
Bailey says she has it under control.

“Everything is back on track. The reporting is back in shape, so we're doing real good now,” Bailey said.

Crit Luallen says they did not turn this over to police because they don't suspect any criminal activity, but she did recommend the county attorney and fiscal court look into the problems and situation.


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  • by stanley Location: salyersville on Mar 13, 2008 at 07:37 AM
    magoffin county has been and still is the laughing stock of the entire state. doc hardin, sheriff jordan, and the illustrious mayor are all crooked and on the take, just look at the fine homes they all live in and are building, the mayor is currently building a 2nd home at cave run lake. they all have been reported to frankfort, but , yet they still run roughshod over the county. there is no evidence in the evidence room, no procedures to inventory said evidence. there is rampant vote buying fraud here and has been for years, but nothing ever comes of it. It is a sad state of affairs here in magoffin county.The courts let 2 murderers off because they testified against don reed, when all 3 should have been charged and convicted of the same crime, like they do in other states.Unless something is done soon, they should just dissolve the city and county, and give it back to johnson, floyd, and morgan counties where it originally came from. I am ashamed to say i'm from this corrupt county.
  • by SHOCKED on Mar 12, 2008 at 05:01 PM
    Looks as if Saylersville is in need of some help!
  • by Joe Location: Mason Co on Mar 12, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    For those of you that dont know...Most Sheriff's Offices in Ky are FEE BASED...and dont recieve TAX DOLLARS...They charge FEEs....to collect your tax dollars....4 1/4% is what the county government is charged...look at your take bill...look at your county's portion..4.5% is what the Sheriff makes..If is Fiscal Court doest help him out.....then he gets no Tax Dollars...kinda like the Post Office..its a government agency but they operate of FEES...ie stamps etc...We the tax payers dont support them...Did Sheriff Jordan overspend his....probably...Did his Fiscal Court help him....probably not...Its time for the people in rural KY to speak up...You want your Sheriff's to do law enforcement....but you get it for free!!!Your county taxes pay for blacktop, firefighters, EMS, roadworkers etc...NOT LAWENFORCEMENT....unless your Fiscal Courts kick in....not many do...Good Luck Sheriff...Hope you get back on your feet
  • by Kevin Location: Salyersville on Mar 12, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    I, for one, am a proud citizen of Magoffin County and very proud of what Sheriff Bob Jordan has done to improve the safety and welfare of the county. While I acknowledge that it sounds like the department has made some fiscal mistakes back in 2006, I can honest say that I feel he is doing an outstanding job addressing the county’s biggest problem, which is obviously our drug problem. Sure he and his deputies could be focusing on areas that help better bring in revenue to the county. He could be setting up speed traps around the county, and spending his time issuing tickets (especially along the Mountain Parkway), but it seems to me he has made a conscious effort to divert his limited resources towards what needs to be fixed worse. It appears to me that he works 24/7 and his success far outweigh his failures, and I for one am thankful. And before a lot of you just read this story and come to a conclusion, you should research the facts. I have only met him one time, & was impressed.
  • by mary on Mar 12, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    the sheriffs department is not now the fical court just paid 59,184.60 to the I R S for the sheriff which means the tax payes are paying 2 times not
  • by Wonderer Location: Ky on Mar 11, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    Hi Josie: Could you give the public an update of the Sheriff's evidence room? Alleged Defendants and family of the person in court, please do not forget about the evidence that the Sheriff may have ceased while conducting an arrest. Money, drugs, guns and ie. etc. Look for your stuff. It would be interesting to see if Josie can help you be assured that it is in fact in the evidence room. Good Job Josie.............
  • by mary Location: salyersville on Mar 11, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    why dont you ask where the money came from,the fical court paid it for him which means 2 times the taxpayers paid this deat
  • by Carl Location: salyersville on Mar 11, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    better look closer at Doc Hardin....he runs a suspicious medical practice when it some to auto accidents and their insurances and I bet he and others have drained the county dry.
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Mar 11, 2008 at 02:51 PM
    They purchased 3 cruisers that retail at around 25-30,000 and didnt even secure the grants 1st to pay for them? Lemme guess they wanted some of that homeland security money and realised that theres no 2 story buildings around afterwards? Sounds like the dept needs new leadership littlone book keepers with PC's.

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