LOGAN — During the Logan County Commission (LCC) meeting held Dec. 7, the group heard comment from a member of the state auditor’s office concerning the group’s continued use of a state audited purchasing card.
Jack Barry, director of the local government purchasing card for the state auditor’s office explained, “The purchasing card is the most transparent way to make a payment.”
Barry explained the purchasing card system by saying that local governments pay money on the card to be used later for normal purchases.
The state auditor’s office regularly audits each of the purchasing cards, and Barry added, “Any intentional misuse of the purchasing card is a felony. Every card is profiled.”
Visa, who issues and insures the cards, reportedly builds profiles of normal spending patterns and sends alerts to auditors for activity that appears to be out of the normal.
Barry noted spending by the Logan County Commission was last audited in 2014.
Receipts are also tracked for each purchase.
Barry noted the purchasing card program offers different government bodies a rebate of 1.25 percent for participating in the program that demands increased transparency from it’s participants.
Barry reported the program has returned over $7 million to government bodies across the state and over $127,000 to Logan County.
Logan County administrator Rocky Adkins explained, “The county commission was made aware of something that happened on social media….There is an insinuation of money being spend because of gaps on the check register.”
While Barry’s visit was not related to the alleged misuse of funds, commissioners jumped on the chance to address the issue with the state auditor’s office.
Barry noted, “To my knowledge, that is not true. You guys have done very very well and we appreciate your effort…”
Commissioner Danny Ellis asked Barry if Logan County had ever been cited for misuse of a purchasing card.
Barry responded, “Even before this, when I decided I was going to come over and talk to you guys, I checked with my staff to see…There were very positive things said for the purchasing card program in Logan County.”
In response to the social media post alleging misuse of funds by county employees, Adkins issued the following statement: “The Logan County Commission, on behalf of its employees who work in the purchasing department, felt a need to respond. On a social media venue, it has been falsely insinuated that there are some checks unaccounted for in our check register by lines being blank. The blank lines are a replication of the last entry above it, which is typical in most software printouts. Purchasing has copies of these checks for anybody to review. The checks in question are audited in two ways: our annual county audit and the W.Va. purchasing card audit.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]