The Clarion-Ledger, 12/30/8

Recent reports from the city of Jackson’s internal audit division reveal apparent widespread lack of oversight of the city’s vehicle fleet.

Two audits released to The Clarion-Ledger Monday based on open-records requests show about $84,200 worth of “lost” JATRAN bus tires, 29 missing vehicles in the Jackson Police Department and 83 employees who drive city vehicles but have no state driver’s license or city driver’s permit.

The audits come only weeks after the city acknowledged widespread misuse of its Fuelman discount gas cards.

“These are long-standing problems within the city,” said Valerie Nevels, the head of the internal audit division. “We are trying to take positive steps to correct all of these problems.”