Jasper County town receives lowest audit rating obtainable

PURCELL, Mo. — Missouri state auditor Nichole Galloway gave Purcell the lowest audit rating obtainable.

Galloway identified significant weaknesses in Purcell that led to missing money.

This comes after former mayor pro-tem Nancy Wilson pleaded guilty in January for the misdemeanor charge of stealing from the city.

Authorities say Wilson wrote checks from the city and deposited them in her own bank account in March and April of last year.

“Our audit found a lack of oversight and segregation of duties by the former board of alderman in Purcell that directly contributed to public funds being misappropriated,” said Galloway.

She said the current board has their work cut out for them to earn the trust of residents, and that the audit has provided recommendations.