Judge Implements New Procedures After County Money was Misused


A state audit confirms almost $150,000 was used for questionable purchases in Washington County.

Officials are adding pre-cautionary techniques to make sure county funds aren’t misused again. 

After former Information Technology Director John Adams used county-wide funds for travel and to ship items to his home, the state ordered a complete audit on all purchases from 2011 to 2017. 

Today, the reported findings confirmed that $147,000 was misused. 

County Attorney Brian Lester says the majority of the purchases were used through a purchasing card, or P-card.

A technique that was never monitored – until now. 

New layers of approval levels as well as checking inventory numbers will now be put in place. 

“It is our desire to continue beefing up to make sure we are doing a much better job at accounting for our inventory and our disposal,” Lester said. “And for insurance reasons as well. Our insurance provider had been telling us for years, if this place burns down you have no accountable inventory numbers.” 

Washington County Judge Joseph Wood will head to Little Rock at the end of this year and may be asked to testify to the Legislative Audit Committee about this specific case. 

These new protocols come after the county’s former information technology director was arrested for using a county-issued money card for personal purchases.

56 year old – John Adams resigned in January — and was arrested in February of this year.

Adams pleaded not guilty to theft of county property yesterday.

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