Taylor Releases Village of Leesville Audit

Mayor, Council Referred for Possible Violation of Ohio Law

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Leesville, OH -

State Auditor Mary Taylor released the 2004-2005 Village of Leesville audit finding potentially illegal appointments of the village’s elected officials.  Auditor Taylor has referred the case to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office and the Carroll County Board of Elections.

In her referral, Taylor found the village’s mayor, council members and clerk/treasurer may have violated Ohio law by appointing each other to their respective positions and remaining in those positions through at least one general election.

“This is a very serious situation,” Taylor said. “Village officials who are not duly elected to their positions in accordance with state law may lack the legal authority to do their job.”

The audit recommends village officials register with the county board of elections as current officeholders and secure a place on the ballot for the next general election.

This is not the first time auditors have cited village officials for violating this law. Auditors noted the same violation in the village’s 2002-2003 audit. 

The State Auditor’s Office works to ensure that all public funds are spent appropriately and in accordance with state and local laws.  The office also works aggressively to root out fraud, waste and abuse in public spending, and help prosecute those who seek to use public funds for personal gain.

A copy of the full audit is available online at http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/Public/AuditSearch/detail.aspx?ReportID=58661