State Auditor Discovers Financial Problems with Jefferson County Health Department

JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. -  The Jefferson County Health Department is currently facing some financial problems. They were discovered after the West Virginia State Auditor reviewed some of their records.

"We have to do a better job tracking the money," said Tom Trumble, chairman of Jefferson County Health Board.

When Trumble became chairman, he realized something was missing and that was an audit from the state of West Virginia.

"The state didn't bother to audit us. I would argue that the state needs to have responsibility to say 'you haven't had an audit, we're coming to have an audit,'" adds Trumble.

Health board members met with the state auditor last Thursday, and the health board later learned there were missing documents of revenue and expenses from 2011 and 2012. Now, there is doubt over whether the board is keeping good records.

However, Trumble admits, it is part of the health board's fault for not keeping a closer eye.

Trumble said, "We just don't have the resources; we're going to get the resources. Second of all, it's because some of those records are hard to get at."

While Trumble called the records as currently "sloppy," he says it is a big responsibility to make sure it does not happen again.

"Take the deficiencies that they found and go ahead and fix those deficiencies, and put in place certain procedures so it doesn't happen again," adds Trumble.

No fingers are being pointed but Trumble says it is something that could have been prevented.

The health board will be discussing their budget for Fiscal Year 2015 at the beginning of June. That will include money for a financial consultant to help the board straighten out the records.

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