Sheriff responds to audit of Ottawa County office

(Video above is from June 16 newscast, when the investigative audit results were released)

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd responds to a recent investigative audit requested by county officials.

Some issues stated in the audit, done by the state auditor’s office, include improper use of the department’s credit card and violations of purchasing and deposit statutes.

The Ottawa Board of County Commissioners requested the investigative audit for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

Read more about the audit results: Audit finds improper use of credit card, violations of statutes at Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Floyd’s response to the statement in part says, “Over the last three years I have told the citizens of Ottawa County that I was met with resistance nearly every step of the way on trying to manage and operate the Sheriff Department and the audit itself helps highlight those struggles I have had. Let me explain – I do not approve anything, I do not spend a cent without the BOCC oversight. I find it very disingenuous to look at this Audit and point all the blame towards my department and myself. The process is and was followed as directed by the BOCC. When a need requires county funds, My department and I go through the BOCC process of procurement in order to obtain the items needed and the BOCC approves.”

You can read his full statement here.

Floyd’s statement discusses a Reno trip that was mentioned in the audit, stating in part, “.. My Reno trip was discussed in detail with the BOCC and they approved the trip as discussed. They were fully awre that my spouse would be along for the trip as were nearly every other attendees spouses as well. It is very sad at what I can only describe as a game of Gotcha to now claim they were not aware of this and point to this as an issue 3 years later.”

His statement continues, “I look forward in the coming days and weeks to present and clearly resolve each and every finding in the audit.”

You can read his full statement here.