Sheriff’s office receives clean bill of financial health

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The Dukes County Sheriff’s Office has received a clean bill of health in a performance and compliance review audit by the Massachusetts State Auditor’s Office.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the audit examined financial and management activities from July 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2018. 

Objectives of the audit were to analyze non-payroll expenses, administrative processes, and overtime pay, among other elements, according to the release.
The audit revealed “no significant instances of noncompliance, under generally accepted government auditing standards,” and the office received high marks from state auditors. 

Dukes County Sheriff Robert Ogden said he is “very excited” about the results of the audit, and said the high marks are a result of a passionate and dedicated team. “We are often talking about how much we fight with infrastructure problems, so to get a report like that, it really does my heart good,” Ogden said. 

He said the office is highly conscious of fiscal responsibility, and always seeks to meet and exceed compliance with state requirements.

Ogden also gave a shout-out to line officers who “do an amazing job in a very difficult situation.” He said aging technology has been an issue that staff have had to overcome, but he said they did so with impressive ease and confidence.

“It just goes to show you how hard everyone in the office works to meet the needs of the community,” Ogden said.