Comer city council got down to business Jan. 4 with new Mayor David McMickle and council member Jimmy Yarbrough on board for their first meeting.
The council voted to conduct a “full-audit” of the city’s finances, instead of a less-detailed “cash audit,” and to have it done by an independent auditor, instead of the city’s regular auditors (Hawkins and McNair) at the recommendation of councilman Howard Threlkeld.
City attorney James Roberts recommended Washington resident Steve Albertson, who he said does audits for a number of municipalities. McMickle agreed to contact Albertson about conducting the audit.
Threlkeld said he did not have a problem with the city’s regular auditors, but thought it would be good to have an independent audit done and that this is a good time to get a detailed view of the city finances and “see where we are.” “I think it is the prudent thing for the government to do,” McMickle said.
The council also agreed for Mayor McMickle and new council member Jimmy Yarbrough to attend required training at the Carl Vinson Institute in Athens in February.