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Harlan County Fiscal Court fixing issues discovered in audit

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email


The Harlan County Fiscal Court is fixing issues discovered in the latest audit.

The Fiscal Court voted to accept the state audit this week.

The audit showed no money is missing, but it showed records do not match the money in the county. Quarterly reports did not reconcile bank statements by nearly four million dollars.

Officials are taking steps to change this.
"It's something we would strive to do. We don't want to be recognized as untrustworthy of the county's money, so it's our job to fix it and we will," said Joe Grieshop, Harlan County Judge-Executive.

Grieshop says they are going through the budget page by page to address each issue.


A new audit suggests Harlan County government officials need to improve some ways they conduct business.

State Auditor Adam Edelen says the Harlan County fiscal court "lacks control over the overall environment of the county." He made some recommendations to county officials on how to better regulate government operations.

"We do 600 and some statutory audits a year. It is not unusual for there to be findings in these local governments. Many of them have tight resources. But we can certainly help them make improvements." Stephenie Hoelscher, a spokeswoman from the State Auditor's office said.

The audit indicates Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop is complying with the auditor's office to make the recommended changes.

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