SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (01/16/2018) The Missouri Auditor has not received the go-ahead from Greene County to proceed with her investigation, however in a statement released today, commissioners announced their full cooperation to another office that they believe will fully and effectively investigate the alleged misuse of taxpayer funds.
The Greene County Commissioners Office is now working hand in hand with the Missouri Ethics Commission to cooperate with their investigation that began back in December.
"The State Ethics Commission is doing an investigation, they are the state agency who should do an investigation. So we want them to do that and we want to cooperate with them fully," said Presiding Commissioner of Greene County, Bob Cirtin.
While the investigation will not look into the whistle-blower allegations, it will address similar complaints pertaining to the alleged misuse of taxpayer dollars during the November election.
With this investigation in full force, the commissioner's office is now asking Auditor Galloway to take a step back.
"Her investigation is really unnecessary, because the Missouri Ethics Commission is doing their job. They're the best ones around to do that because that's all they do," said Cirtin.
FOX 5 reached out to Auditor Galloway for a response and in a statement she said that this was disappointing but not surprising. She also stated:
" There is no stepping back from my role as state auditor to expose government corruption, waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement. That is distinctly different from the role of the Missouri Ethics Commission in this matter, which looks into violations of campaign finance laws, not abuse and misuse of taxpayer dollars."
Despite the controversy, however, Cirtin says the commissioners just want the investigation to be over and the truth revealed.
"We want to pursue the truth, we want to reveal the truth to the public, and if a commissioner or staff member of the county did something wrong, we want to know about it," said Cirtin.
According to Cirtin, the investigation is scheduled to be completed by the end of February. He also told FOX 5 that if any wrong doing is discovered, corrective action will be taken.