JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri State Auditor’s Office is still poring over Camden County’s books, but the end is in sight. According to Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office, the public will likely know the results of the audit sometime this summer.

According to Galloway’s spokesperson Steph Deidrick, a draft report is working through the internal review process. The county will get a chance to see the draft report during an exit meeting, which she said the auditor’s office expects will be scheduled “during the first half of this year.”

At that point, the county will have 30 days to provide written responses to the audit findings. The auditor’s office will incorporate the county’s response into the final report, which, once finalized, will be released to the public.

Camden County Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty called for a full audit of the county’s books and processes in a letter to the editor published at LakeExpo.com at the end of 2016, citing multiple concerns with things he had seen since he took office.

In an April 2017 commission meeting, Hasty said the audit would allow “the citizens of this county [to] have confidence in their government,” noting that over the past several years, actions at the county and federal levels had undermined local citizens’ belief in the efficacy of their government. “We need a level of stability in this county,” he said.

The call for an audit happened on the heels of a September 2016 data breach that put the county’s computers on full lockdown, enforced by the FBI as well as the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS). The breach was suspected to have been internal, though the full results of that investigation have not been made public. Hasty said when the Director of CJIS took a look at the county’s computer server hardware, software, and security, he actually laughed out loud. “It was embarrassing,” Hasty recalled.

The county has since upgraded its hardware and Hasty says the county’s IT systems are in much better shape than they were before the breach.

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