BRENTWOOD, MO (KMOX) – Missouri’s State Auditor gave the City of Brentwood the lowest grade possible in an audit released last night.
Auditor Tom Schweich says the “poor” rating came because the city had 21 different things that needed to be changed, from bookkeeping practices to overtime and bonuses for employees.
“We found that the administration in the city was cooperative and committed to making the changes but we found significantly more changes here than we do in most municipalities,” he said, adding that no laws were broken.
In 2011, Brentwood’s city administrator was charged with embezzling funds from the city to pay off gambling debt.
“It’s really disturbing to me when you got a situation where they were throwing away $600 a month in late fees,” one resident said about the audit.
“What I’m concerned about is the future of our town,” another added.
This audit was done at the request of Brentwood residents. Schweich will return in 90 days to measure the city’s progress.
“I think we found what we were afraid we were going to find,” a Brentwood resident said.