Audit of Manatee sheriff's office is progressing, says court clerk

MANATEE - Auditors examining financial records at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office expect to finish their collection of raw data by the end of next week, after which they will analyze the records and issue a report, Manatee County Clerk of Court R.B. "Chips" Shore said Friday.

Shore's office started the audit, at Sheriff Brad Steube's request, after the sheriff's office said two former high-ranking officials at the agency's jail farm had misused county property and allowed other employees to do the same. The deputies, who have retired, were cited for "conduct unbecoming a deputy," but allegations of "unlawful conduct" were not sustained. Also, the state attorney's office decline to prosecute.

“Sheriff Steube and his staff have been fully cooperative with our audit and have taken a proactive and assertive response to all of our inquiries and requests for information and documentation,” Shore said in a statement.

Steube had to request the review because his is an independent agency.

Shore said his auditors are examining transations of two separate inmate/commissary funds.

“My staff is working as expeditiously as is prudent to ensure their audit is thorough and complete. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I anticipate that the final report will be issued by the end of May,” Shore said.

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