AP Analysis: Mississippi auditor seeks fee system changes

Every year, the Mississippi auditor’s office cites a handful of circuit and chancery clerks for overpaying themselves.

Now, as lawyers for Auditor Stacey Pickering and Warren County fight in court with Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, Pickering says he wants to meet with clerks and county supervisors statewide to discuss changes to the fee system.

“In light of some of the cases we’ve filed recently, this is an issue that needs to be discussed,” Pickering said.

In Mississippi, chancery and circuit clerks are allowed to pay themselves up to $90,000 a year out of fees collected by their offices for things like filing a lawsuit.