Questionable Money Management

By: Paul Aker
By: Paul Aker

Stay up-to-date with KAKE News:

The city of Wichita has an internal auditor who does not perform financial audits. Karen Walker makes more than $60,000 a year and is responsible for "audits or reports on financial and operating activities."

Earlier this year, Walker told KAKE she had never completed a financial audit for the city. Instead, she said all of her audits centered on city efficiency, so called "performance audits".

Walker turned down several requests from KAKE to produce audits, any written reports, or even the number of audits her office has conducted.

The city of Wichita employs more than three thousand people and handles a multi-million dollar budget. The fact that Wichita's auditor does not do financial audits has some city leaders concerned.

Wichita city council member Phil Lambke says Walker is not required to disclose any of her records under the Kansas Open Records Act. Lambke says he finds it questionable that this information is not readily available.

City spokesman Mike Taylor says Walker is not making her records public for many of the same reasons the police do not make their notes on a criminal investigation public.

Wichita Mayor Carlos Mayans says he plans to look into this situation because he does not know why Walker's information is not readily available.

KAKE TV 1500 N. West Street Wichita, KS 67203-1323 (316) 943-4221
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 339786 -