Auditor Nicole R. Galloway speaks to an audience of business students at the University of Missouri.

Missouri auditor: Nixon let state boards sink into ‘bureaucratic oblivion’

In a report released Monday, Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway chided former Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration for letting state boards and commissions languish and for liberal use of state resources for personal purposes.

The 28-page audit is addressed to both Nixon and current Gov. Eric Greitens, and includes recommendations for tightening up operations in the state’s executive branch.

Nixon, a Democrat, appointed Galloway in 2015 following the death of then-Auditor Tom Schweich. Galloway, a Democrat, faces a statewide vote for the first time in 2018.

Galloway gave the administration a “fair” rating in the audit, which the office is obligated to perform by state law. She said that, in general, the governor’s office did not correct course after other audits pointed out similar shortfalls within the executive branch.

In the report, Galloway’s office found Nixon used the state aircraft more and more to fly to St. Louis during his final months in office and also notes Nixon charged the state personal food costs for him and his family.

Galloway says state law is “ambiguous” and “contradictory” when it comes to governors using state resources for personal purposes, and says the Legislature should clarify statute.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Missouri Times

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