JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Office went over budget by $2.2 million over two years, according to a news release from Auditor Nicole Galloway’s Office.
Galloway gave the office a “fair” rating, putting the office above poor but not quite high enough to reach good or excellent standards.
According to the release, there were about 220 boards with 1,600 governor-appointed positions but only 470 positions were filled.
“The state’s boards and commissions can fill important needs in our state, but only when they have the members and resources to fulfill their responsibilities,” Galloway said in a statement. “If the board’s mission is completed or becomes obsolete, the board should cease to exist instead of slowly deteriorating into bureaucratic oblivion.”
There were also repeat offenses reported, like the cost of the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Mansion and security detail operations, the release said.
The Office had $6.1 million to use but actually spent over $8.3 million – a total of $2.2 million over budget.
The governor also used Missouri State Highway Patrol security and transportation resources for his official, political and personal activities, according to the audit. He didn’t give the state back any money used for political or personal reasons.
The office didn’t try to minimize travel costs, instead, employees would make flight and lodging reservations without price-checking. Nixon’s office also didn’t keep adequate capital asset records or give performance appraisals for employees.
The fair rating means the office needed to “improve operations in several areas,” according to the audit. There were several findings that needed immediate attention.
View the full audit here.