1/29/2013 - Hamilton Township to Conduct Expanded 2012 Audit at No Additional Cost to Taxpayers; New Jersey Division of Local Government Services Recognizes Mayor Yaede’s “Appropriate and Well-Advised Course of Action”

 

Hamilton Township to Conduct Expanded 2012 Audit at No Additional Cost to Taxpayers; New Jersey Division of Local Government Services Recognizes Mayor Yaede’s “Appropriate and Well-Advised Course of Action”

 

 

In the above photograph, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede (center), speaks about Hamilton's Expanded 2012 Audit along with Hamilton Chief Financial Officer John E. Barrett (left) and  independent auditor Robert S. Morrison (right)    

 

Today, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede, standing side-by-side with Hamilton Township’s independent auditor Robert S. Morrison, announced that the township’s 2012 audit will be expanded, at no additional cost to taxpayers, to include additional forensic tests and employee interviews to ensure that any past inappropriate practices, if they existed, are discovered and addressed to protect Hamilton’s taxpayers. 

 

“When I became Mayor a couple of months ago I said that an expanded audit of Hamilton Township’s finances would be welcome, if it could be done with little or no cost to the taxpayers, to ensure that the events of last year had in no way impacted the township’s finances,” said Mayor Yaede.  “I am pleased to announce today that Hamilton’s independent auditor, Robert Morrison, will be performing such an expanded audit at no additional expense to Hamilton’s taxpayers and that this audit plan has been approved by the New Jersey Division of Local Government Services.”

 

The normal audit that is performed annually will be expanded to include additional forensic tests and employee interviews to determine whether certain township officials attempted to use their authority to circumvent or weaken the township’s existing internal control policies and procedures. 

 

“Although the events of last year did not involve the theft or misappropriation of township moneys and did not appear to corrupt the standard operating procedures and internal controls of the township, it was agreed that, in recognition of the unethical behaviors admitted or alleged by or against certain former township officials, an expansion of the scope of the 2012 audit was appropriate,” Morrison commented.  “A similar expansion was done for the 2011 audit in which we did not identify any noncompliance with laws or regulations or any material weaknesses in internal controls that would be indicative of undue influence being exerted over the township’s procurement process or the financial reporting process.”

 

Upon assuming her new office Mayor Yaede requested that the New Jersey Division of Local Government Services conduct an expanded audit of Hamilton Township.  Although the Division admittedly lacks the resources to perform the audit itself, Thomas Neff, the Division’s director, in a letter to Mayor Yaede, approved of the expanded audit plan, calling it a response that is both “appropriate and proportional to the events that occurred during the past year.”  He also complemented Mayor Yaede on having “undertaken an appropriate and well-advised course of action to ensure the taxpayers of [Hamilton Township] are protected.” 

 

“Hamilton Township welcomes this expanded audit and looks forward to working with Mr. Morrison and the Division of Local Government Services over the next several months to ensure that Hamilton’s internal controls worked as they were designed to do and that Hamilton’s finances were not compromised,” Mayor Yaede concluded.

 

Click Here to Read the Expanded Scope of Audit

 

Click Here to Read a Letter from the State Division of Local Government Services