Internal Auditor William J. Mulcahy reported Dec. 1 on his findings of audits he’d conducted of city processes. Mulcahy examined the request for proposals process; the municipal court’s compliance with new laws; and several “weaknesses” previously found by other, external auditors, such as purchasing policies.

The request for proposal process needs better vetting, he said. But he said contracts are approved by City Council, so this was not a major weakness.

However, Mulcahy said he could not find any documents proving City Council approval for a human resources contract that was more than $50,000. Any contracts or purchases over $50,000 must have council approval, he said.

Having an audit committee with public input is also a good idea, he said. Mulcahy said the city overall is in good shape and is being a good steward of the taxpayers’ money.

“You’re headed in the right direction,” he said.

John Ruch

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