HARRISBURG — The Saline County Board voted Thursday during a special meeting to conduct a forensic audit of the county clerk’s office.
Eleven of 13 board members were in attendance — Kevin Dowdy was absent for medical reasons and Chris Penrod said he had to work — and all voted for the measure, said Joe Jackson, the chairman of the county’s finance committee.
He said which auditing firm the county will use and the budget for the audit will be decided at the board's next regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 28.
Jackson said during the meeting Mike McKinnies brought up 11 instances of financial inaccuracies that County Clerk Kim Buchanan has refused to discuss with the board. Jackson said the absolute refusal to cooperate with the board on many issues is at the root of the audit.
He said there has always been some resistance in cooperation with Buchanan and the board, but that it really began to “snowball” about 18 months ago.
Jackson said the meeting Thursday and the audit are not retaliatory or a witch hunt. He said they are measures being taken to help protect the 25,000 citizens of Saline County.
Jackson said Buchanan is up for re-election in 2018.