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Natchez hires accounting firm to conduct forensic audit

The city of Natchez has hired a Madison accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit of the city’s finances.

The Natchez Democrat reports Mayor Darryl Grennell signed an agreement Friday to hire Collins, Barr & Hembree to conduct the audit.

The concerns or specific problem areas outlined by the mayor and board of aldermen will direct the work of the audit.

Auditor Robbie Barr says financial problems the city has had in the past would also be an indicator of what areas of the city’s finances need to be audited.

The aldermen in recent weeks struggled with balancing the budget for the upcoming 2016-2017 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

The budget talks came on the heels of the termination of the former city clerk, who was fired Aug. 1 for an unspecified violation of city policy.

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