Pickering says he’s confident in the case built against Jones County Judge.


The state auditor said Wednesday that his office is confident in the data collected and the demand issued against Judge Billy Joe Landrum. “We do expect that money to be paid back to the citizens and to the local government in Jones County and we will hold him accountable for that at the appropriate time,” … Continue reading Pickering says he’s confident in the case built against Jones County Judge.

Mississippi DMR selling boats it received from ex-director’s foundation.


The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is selling two recreational fishing boats that are part of an ongoing investigation. The DMR sought bids on the 36-foot Topaz and the 42-foot Californian in an ad published Friday in the Sun Herald. DMR leased the boats for a while from the Mississippi Marine Resources Foundation, which was … Continue reading Mississippi DMR selling boats it received from ex-director’s foundation.

Auditor Pickering releases Legislative Expense Report.


Mississippi spent nearly $7.5 million for salaries and expenses of state lawmakers during the 11 months that ended in early April. That breaks down to nearly $5.2 million for the House of Representatives and $2.3 million for the Senate. The figures are in a new report from the state auditor's office. The report covers expenses … Continue reading Auditor Pickering releases Legislative Expense Report.

Union County Coroner resigns amid Auditors investigation.


Union County Coroner Mark Golding has resigned. On Thursday, the State Auditor's Office confirmed Golding is being investigated for filing false claims and invoices with the county over death investigations and was paid for the claims. A news release says investigators seized a $5,000 check Wednesday from the Union County Chancery Clerk's Office as evidence. … Continue reading Union County Coroner resigns amid Auditors investigation.

Hardball: Democrat using DMR investigation against GOP opponent in Ocean Springs mayors race.


During an April 16 press conference in Biloxi, (Auditor Stacey) Pickering responded to a question about public officials using the Dept. of Marine Resources boats at taxpayer cost. At the time, Pickering said if any public officials were found to have "violated the public trust, they will be held accountable." (Ocean Springs mayoral candidate John) … Continue reading Hardball: Democrat using DMR investigation against GOP opponent in Ocean Springs mayors race.

Ocean Springs mayoral candidate calls state auditor to clear up taxpayer funded fishing trip.


Jackson County Supervisor John McKay said Thursday the deep-sea fishing trips he took in 2012 with the state Department of Marine Resources have become an issue in his race for mayor of Ocean Springs. In a meeting with the Sun Herald, he said he plans to go to the State Auditor's Office next week and … Continue reading Ocean Springs mayoral candidate calls state auditor to clear up taxpayer funded fishing trip.

DMR officials working with State Auditor’s office to implement 60-day evaluation of agency.


The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced Wednesday that it has begun a 60-day comprehensive evaluation to identify and recommend a plan of action to correct any fiscal and programmatic deficiencies, and to ensure more transparency, efficiency and accountability in the future. "The challenges we have at MDMR cannot be fixed overnight, but this week … Continue reading DMR officials working with State Auditor’s office to implement 60-day evaluation of agency.

Davis fighting against Auditor Pickering’s claimed recovery amount.


Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is asking a Hinds County judge to throw out part of the $70,000 that the state auditor alleges he owes for unsubstantiated personal expenses. The Commercial Appeal reports that Davis is scheduled to be in chancery court in Jackson on Wednesday. Davis argues his reimbursements followed state law. He says contends … Continue reading Davis fighting against Auditor Pickering’s claimed recovery amount.