(KTRS) – The Missouri State Auditor is calling out Sharon Carpenter and her work managing the St. Louis Recorder of Deed’s office.
Auditor Nicole Gallaway found several issues with Carpenter, saying she did not handle public money correctly, failed to use proper bidding practices, did not track employee vacation time, and holds tens-of-thousands of dollars in an unexplained account. Some of the most glaring problems include: Carpenter spending nearly $2,400 on rugs for her office and misspending more than $10,000.
Carpenter was elected in 1980 and served until she resigned in 2014 after violating a nepotism law by hiring her great-nephew. She was re-elected within months and has been receiving her full salary and pension benefits from the same office by exploiting a loophole.
Galloway gave Carpenter and her office the lowest possible rating of “poor”.