Report Finds Former Village of Lynchburg Administrator Owes $2,215
Columbus – An audit released today by Auditor of State Keith Faber issues findings for recovery against Tamara Anne Pierre, former Village Administrator for the Village of Lynchburg (Highland County).
Upon leaving employment with the village, Pierre’s exit documents stated she was to receive a payout for her 96 hours of holiday pay at a rate of $23.08 per hour. These documents did not receive village counsel approval and contradicted village policy, which does not state and employee can receive holiday pay for holidays not worked. Therefore, the village over paid Pierre for 96 hours of unused holiday pay to which she was not entitled.
“Local government officials in charge of taxpayer dollars should always be watchful when they approve the spending of taxpayer dollars,” Auditor Keith Faber said. “Our audits help identify mistakes like these, I implore the village to improve their employee manuals and approval practices to avoid issues like this in the future.”
Due to the overpayment, Ms. Pierre owes a total of $2,215 to the Village of Lynchburg. The repayment is owed to the village’s General Fund in the amount of $554, the Street Construction Maintenance and Repair Fund in the amount of $554, the Water Operating Fund in the amount of $554, and the Sewer Operating Fund in the amount of $553.
A full copy of this report is available online.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio is responsible for auditing more than 6,000 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies, and promotes transparency in government.