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Time to consolidate backroom functions in government

Imagine running your own company. Would you want each division of your company to have its own human resources person? And its own employee to handle payroll? And its own procurement officer? And its own budget manager? That would mean one set of administrative employees for the sales team, one for the customer service team,

State Auditor’s report reveals Mississippi’s school spending habits

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Mississippi State Auditor Shad White is on round two of looking at school spending. April’s report revealed enough that he says it warranted a closer look. “Money was going at an increasing rate to administrative costs at a faster clip than it was going inside the classroom,” explained White. The first

Aberdeen mayor arrested, charged with embezzling city funds

The mayor of Aberdeen has been arrested and charged with five counts of embezzlement after the state auditor’s office claimed he deposited city funds in his personal bank account. Mayor Maurice Howard (Photo: State Auditor’s Office) According to Logan Reeves with the State Auditor’s Office, Mayor Maurice Howard was arrested by special agents Wednesday night and

Smith County clerks arrested for embezzling over $20K each in separate cases

SMITH COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) – Special Agents from State Auditor Shad White’s office have arrested two former public employees in Smith County after concluding separate investigations. Helen Bounds, former Town Clerk of Raleigh, was presented with a demand letter worth $48,339.25 when she was arrested for embezzlement. Justin Middleton, former solid waste clerk for the

State Auditor report reveals weaknesses in state government’s cyber security

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Cyber security is a hot topic nationally, but what about right here in the state? “Whether you like it or not, your personal information probably lives on a state computer somewhere,” said State Auditor Shad White. State Auditor White’s office sent a cyber security survey to 125 state government offices. “Of

Audit finds ‘alarming business practices,’ credit spending at Hinds County School District

Mississippi Auditor Shad White reported his office discovered “alarming business practices” at the Hinds County School District — including a lack of spending oversight and an assistant superintendent who racked up nearly $50,000 in “improper expenditures.” White’s office said Monday the findings resulted from a routine audit, one of several it is conducting on school districts.