County travel request brings questions

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM.

Months ago County Commissioner Joanna Bryan asked the Clerk of Courts for travel records pertaining to commissioners, staff and several annual conferences.

When the records were provided for public viewing during the last regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, at least two commissioners wondered about their accuracy.

Bryan made her request after presented with a board motion to approve travel by Commissioner Warren Yeager in advance, providing a blanket approval for travel to specific meetings.

At the time, before voting, Bryan asked the Clerk’s office to provide travel numbers for county attendance for the Florida Association of Counties annual meeting, the annual convention of the National Association of Counties and the Florida Small Counties Coalition.

She wanted those records for the previous two fiscal years.

What the Clerk’s office provided, budget and finance officer Sherry Herring said, was the travel of all county staff, commissioners’ in-county travel and travel to those three conferences as well as a breakdown by district.

However, Herring said the system she was trying to pull information from was only as good as the information that was put in the system and that left her efforts to answer Bryan’s questioned constrained.

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