I was forwarded a letter by a member of the Republican Clay County Central Committee. In it the Central Committee asks the members of the Clay County General Assembly to consider looking at the qualifications of the Auditor candidate:
To effectively safeguard and account for county resources in Clay County and
other larger Missouri counties (e.g., populations greater than 200,0008 or,
alternatively, first-class counties), should candidates for county auditor in such
counties be required to meet higher, more objective qualification requirements
than are currently specified in the Missouri statutes?
They also ask them to consider whether or not there should be a more extensive process of screening candidates:
…to consider whether county election boards have adequate and
appropriate authority and tools to verify the accuracy of information supplied by candidates in
their candidacy declarations and election filings.12 The Legislature could consider, for example,
whether background checks should be included in the process to ensure that candidates for public
office do not fail to meet the candidacy requirements on account of past federal or state crimes.
Please click here to read the full PDF of the Letter to Clay County state legislators 11-28-11.
I appreciate what the Central Committee is doing here. The statutory requirements for Auditor need adjustment so nothing like the fiasco that has transpired over the last year can ever happen again.