State Auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to Louisville Rotary Club

From staff reports

State Auditor Stacey Pickering spoke to members of the Louisville Rotary Club on Nov. 28.

His remarks included an update on the legislative upcoming session, role of the State Auditor’s Office in state and local government, recent investigations and return of public funds and national award earned by auditor’s office.

Pickering noted his office’s involvement in the examination of the state budget as well as upcoming lawasin the legislative session that affect the auditor’s office.

He outlined the duties of the office including investigating those who misuse or embezzle government funds. He noted that his office recently returned $70,280.72 to Greene County following an investigation into Supervisors’ misuse of funds used as part of an illegal kickback scheme carried out through a contract for Katrina debris removal and legal expenses.

Pickering also discussed his office earning the The National State Auditors Association (NSAA) 2012 Excellence in Accountability Award for a special project that showcased his comprehensive efforts to audit and monitor Mississippi’s portion of federal stimulus funds.

Elected as Mississippi’s 41st State Auditor in 2007, Stacey Pickering was re-elected as State Auditor in 2011 receiving over 75 percent of the vote in the November General Election. Since 2008, Pickering has recovered more than $5 million in embezzled, misspent or misappropriated funds. He is a seventh generation Mississippian from Jones County.

For more information on the Audit department visit www.osa.ms.gov.

The Louisville Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at Lake Tiak O’Khata at noon. Speak to a rotary member about attending.