St. Louis Public Radio News
7:51 am
Tue December 23, 2008

Audit finds related employees, questionable computer security at St. Louis City Hall

St. Louis – State auditor Susan Montee said she found no major problems or fraud at three St. Louis city departments, but all need to tighten internal controls and improve efficiency.

The auditor released reports Monday on the parks department, as well as the comptroller's and treasurer's offices.

Montee said the comptroller's computer system is so out of date that many departments have to maintain separate records. Montee also said Comptroller Darlene Green did not report commuting mileage in her city-owned car, but Green has since filed the proper figures with the IRS.

In the treasurer's office, Montee said 43 of the 200 employees are related to other workers.

"Our concern here is certainly supervisory," Montee said. "We've had a couple of examples where we found related parties were supervising one another."

At the parks department, Montee said too many people have high-level access to financial computer systems.

Heads of all the audited departments say they've already begun to correct the problems.