From WMBF News partner MyHorryNews.com:
By Tom O'Dare firstname.lastname@example.org
The Herald has learned that an internal investigation is ongoing in Surfside Beach regarding missing money from town hall.
Surfside Beach Mayor Bob Childs confirmed that an extensive audit is being conducted following the dismissal of a former town finance manager to determine how much, if any, money is missing from the town's coffers.
Childs said once the audit is completed, the town would decide further steps to take regarding the situation. He didn't elaborate if this would mean bringing in law enforcement, though he added that if that's the case, SLED would be the investigative body.
He said the missing money was discovered by other staff members in the finance department.
Childs said he learned of the clerk's dismissal and the search for the money "about a month or so ago."
Town councilmember Tim Courtney said Tuesday night that the council was informed of the situation a week or two ago.
The open finance manager position was posted in the Employment section of the town's website on Sept. 27.
According to the job description, the finance manager's duties include assisting the finance director with budgets, reviews weekly payables, reconciles daily cash deposits, processes and prepares purchase orders and supervises the business license office and reception desk employees.