FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2019
CONTACT: Douglas Jones, City Auditor, 816-513-3300
The City Auditor’s Office has begun an audit to review the governance practices of city boards and commissions that are component units of the city plus the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. Appointed boards and commissions in Kansas City are responsible for overseeing important public functions and activities such as policing, maintenance of parks, and development incentives. In fiscal year 2018, these 15 boards and commissions spent almost $590 million in public monies.
City code requires the city auditor to distribute a governance assessment checklist at least once every four years and report the results to the City Council. Governance is the exercise of authority, direction, and control by a governing board. Boards and commissions should follow good governance practices as they spend public funds for the public good. Completing the checklist – which covers six core governance functions – provides them with an opportunity to review their governance practices.
The objective of the audit is to determine what governance practices the city’s boards and commissions follow. The checklist responses and audit report are tools the Mayor and City Council can use to assess the governance practices of Kansas City boards and commissions.
View the audit scope statement online at the City Auditor’s site.