Auditor Galloway pushes ethics legislation

Galloway says tightening ethics laws and giving more resources to local prosecutors to pursue public employees suspected of mishandling money would help protect public funds.

When a local elected official is suspected of mishandling or embezzling public funds, what can the state auditor do?

Right now, not much, according to Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway. Galloway says tightening ethics laws and giving more resources to local prosecutors to pursue public employees suspected of mishandling money would help protect public funds.

Galloway met with community leaders in Northeast Missouri Tuesday to discuss issues related to public accountability. Her visit included a discussion with Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton.

This year, Galloway advocated for the passage of Senate Bill 128 — which included language that would give prosecutors the ability to request an audit from Galloway’s office if suspicion of inappropriate management of public funds arises.

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