Inspector General: Palm Springs skirted rules on audit committee

OIGThe Village of Palm Springs skirted state law when it gave an audit contract to a West Palm Beach firm without first establishing an audit committee, the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General said Wednesday morning in a report.

Inspector General John Carey said Wednesday, that the village manager selected the committee instead of the village council doing so at a public meeting. Also, the committee met in private and without notice, he said.

“It is all good intent. But they weren’t following the state statutes, which is very specific on the methods to do it,” Carey said.

Wednesday’s 19-page summary said Palm Springs later agreed to void its July 14 vote issuing the audit contract, then assembled a new audit committee July 28 and again awarded the contract to the same firm Sept. 8.

While the village technically violated state law, it “cured” its mistake, and so faces no further discipline, he said.