Bidless Business in Marion Co.

Marion County officials failed to get competitive bids for sheriff’s vehicles totaling $259,600 and did not follow the notice requirements in soliciting bids for a $104,000 oven hood for the school system, state auditors found in a review of the county’s finances for fiscal year 2010.

Auditors with the state Comptroller’s Office also faulted the school system for lax policy concerning county-issued credit cards. The school board had not adopted written guidelines for use of the cards, and officials could not provide documentation supporting more than $10,000 in credit card purchases.

Auditors found problems in purchasing. The schools department had issued some purchase orders after the purchases were made, defeating the purpose of the paperwork, and the county mayor’s office paid some invoices without documentation that the goods or services had been received.

Auditors highlighted cases of misappropriated money implicating a husband and wife.

The former secretary/treasurer of the Haletown Volunteer Fire Department, Billy Joe Henegar, was indicted in October after auditors found that he had cut checks totaling $92,600 for his personal expenses and kept some cash donations.

Henegar’s wife, Holly, the former county elections administrator, was also indicted in October after auditors uncovered warrants totaling $27,000 issued for work that was not performed.

Read more in the local coverage of auditors’ findings and the couple’s arrests.