State auditor: City of Irvine has "poor operating environment"

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky state auditor Mike Harmon on Wednesday announced the results of a special examination of the city of Irvine.

In a press release, Auditor Harmon says his office came to the conclusion that "the city has a poor operating environment" in which actions city leaders "contributed to numerous questions regarding the city’s finances, personnel practices, and other related issues."

Harmon added that "confusion over who is responsible for supervision of the city’s operations" led to "financial decisions to be made without proper review or oversight..."

The special examination came about after multiple anonymous complaints to the auditor's office tip line, and a formal request by Irvine Mayor W.J. Noland.

Some of the findings include:

a poor work environment due to friction within the city's management

disagreements between the mayor and city council over who has authority over certain matters

minimal and insufficient financial information presented to the city council

The findings in the examination will be referred to the Office of Attorney General, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Kentucky Department of Revenue to determine whether additional investigation is needed.

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