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Embattled St. Louis County auditor releases report, county officials call it 'a waste'

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- St. Louis County Auditor Mark Tucker has been facing claims he’s not qualified for his position, and some say his recent work is proof.  

Tucker has been in office for almost nine months and hasn’t produced a single audit. The previous auditor would release an average of eight audits a year.

The only document Tucker has released is a three page report with the title: "Investigative Assessment."

County Executive Steve Stenger says the document is worthless, and worse, a waste of taxpayer money.  

“I am being kind in saying it's perplexing. I think it's worse than perplexing. I think it's just  a waste of tax money, which provides nothing,” he said.

Stenger says the document is a far cry from the work the previous auditor put out in the past.

“I have never seen anything like that that would represent itself as an accounting document or an audit document, it's just not,” he said.

The document, released this month, says between July 28th and August 21st, the county auditor rode the MetroLink, with the state objective to observe the presence of the St. Louis County Police Department on the MetroLink.

The report doesn't say how many times he rode the MetroLink or exactly when. It does

record the fact St. Louis County police were on the MetroLink, and that police requested ticket validation once and made one arrest.

“It's just a document to say, ‘I am doing something,’ even though it's not an audit as far as I can see,” Stenger said.  

County Councilman Pat Dolan says the document proves Tucker, who makes a salary of $85,000, was just wasting time.

“Well, he informed us there's a MetroLink, which I thought I already knew that. And he informed us police patrol it, which I already knew. So no, nothing,” Dolan said.

Tucker directed all questions to the county council.

Council chairperson Sam Page also wasn't available to talk.

Page recommended Tucker for the job. The two worked together on previous campaigns. In the past, Page has defended Tucker's background and his job performance.

“It's nothing personal, I am sure he is a nice man, but he's not an auditor and he never has  been,” Stenger said.  

Dolan and Stenger this document shows with Tucker, taxpayers are losing out.

“I don't know why anyone would want this man to occupy this role when he simply can't do this job,” Stenger said.

Stenger has already asked the council to fire tucker. Four of the council members support the auditor, so he's remained in the job.

To read the full report, click here. 

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