City moves forward with lawsuit against state auditor

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Although officials in Somerset are divided over a lawsuit challenging the authority of the state auditor to perform special investigations, the legal action will move forward.

City attorney Carrie Wiese said during a meeting on Monday that City Council members approved the action months ago.

Her comments came after Councilman Pat Bourne made a motion to drop the complaint saying it was unwarranted. Mayor Eddie Girdler ruled the motion out of order and a vote wasn’t taken.

Media report the complaint was filed July 31 after the city received a preliminary copy of an audit that cited several issues, including problems in the city’s bidding process.

Kentucky League of Cities deputy director J.D. Chaney told the Lexington Herald-Leader that while state law does not explicitly authorize special municipal exams, it strongly implies the auditor can perform such work.

 

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