By BRIAN GRAVES
The Tennessee Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury has given the Bradley County Sheriff's Office its fourth straight audit with no findings or violations reported.The report covered the period …
The Tennessee Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury has given the Bradley County Sheriff's Office its fourth straight audit with no findings or violations reported.
The report covered the period of the fiscal year ending June 30.
Sheriff Eric Watson signed the report Monday afternoon in his office, after the audit was reviewed with him by Tyler Music, a state auditor.
The Cleveland Daily Banner was allowed to stay in Watson's office during the briefing which lasted less than five minutes.
Music gave Watson the two sheets on which the report was printed, explaining that the paragraph requiring county officials to prepare a written response and corrective action plan for each of the findings did not apply to the BCSO, since there were no reportable findings requiring a response.
The sheriff did ask about any further reports that may be coming in light of the request of some Bradley County commissioners for the comptroller's office to take an extra look at certain items about which they informed the state.
Music said he was unaware of any at this time, noting those questions were being handled at "another level" of the department.
Watson said he feels this general audit report should answer any questions the public may have about the finances of the department he oversees.
"When I ran for this office, there were two priorities: to get the bad guys off the streets and do it using the most conservative budget possible," Watson said.
"In the past year, we have kept our jail certified when some said it could not be done, purchased state-of-the-art equipment for our officers to use, successfully began operations of a workhouse, and recorded some of the highest arrest rates as well as crimes-solved rates in the history of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office," Watson said.
"We have done this while making every dollar paid by Bradley County taxpayers count," the sheriff said. "I could not be prouder this is our fourth consecutive audit with no finding."
"And, I could not be prouder of the amazing group of men and women who are dedicated to serving this county and its citizens in such a professional manner," Watson said. "That is what we will continue to do."
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