Okaloosa commissioner wants internal auditor

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 05:36 PM.

Windes said the commission owes it to the taxpayers to make sure future fraud is discovered more quickly, if not completely deterred.

“I’m no auditor, but I know we’ve got to have more help along those lines,” he said. “We can damn sure use some more oversight in this county.”

But Okaloosa County Clerk of Court Don Howard says auditing and accounting duties, as defined in the Florida Constitution, belong solely to his office.

“The only area I would have a problem with … is if there were an auditor who worked with the board who was trying to come in and do financial auditing,” Howard said. “It’s very clear in the constitution, and furthermore in the statutes, that it’s the clerk’s responsibility.”

The county has one internal auditor, Tim Pozza, who is a Clerk of Court employee.

Windes said a staff of one doesn’t provide Okaloosa with enough scrutiny.

“All the auditing that goes on in the county should be coming from more than one place,” he said. “It shouldn’t be all our eggs in one basket.”

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