"I come from a proud West Virginia family. I grew up on the family farm where I learned how to work at a young age. I learned what it is like to work hard and to be held accountable for my production. I want to bring that same work ethic to the State Auditor's Office. I know what it takes to find solutions to various issues, work with governmental entities, and get things done."
LIST OF ISSUES
In spite of the ups and downs of the economy, e-commerce continues to experience significant growth. This growth has opened the door to criminals who continuously develop new schemes to defraud the State of West Virginia. We need to continuously look for ways to protect against theft of data whether it be employee social security numbers or protected information used elsewhere in the state. We also need to work to prevent unauthorized transactions that may prevent legitimate vendors from being paid or allow payments to fraudulent vendors that will in turn cost the state significant amounts of money.
Financial accountability is a very important aspect of the State Auditor's office. The Chief Inspector's Division conduct audits of local governments, municipalities, and governmental entities. It is imperative that these audits be conducted in a timely manner and that the State Auditor's office complete as many of these audits as possible. It, at times, puts an added financial burden on the local governments to outsource audits. The State Auditor needs to be attentive to the needs of the local government entities and work with them to ensure results.