Petition Audit Report Town of Bernice Finally Arrives


It has been almost a year since the citizens of Bernice filed a petition for an Investigate audit of the Town of Bernie was to be conducted by the Oklahoma State Auditors office in Tulsa and OKC. Although the investigation has been going on for almost a year, Bernice citizens are anxious to hear the results of this audit and investigation
In accordance with Title 74, Oklahoma Statutes, Section 212, a petition for investigative audit was granted from the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector after their office deemed significant, and a written submittal of ”areas, items and concerns” to be audited.

The petition from Bernice residents asked for an investigation in the following areas:

The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s investigation includes the following areas:

(1) Possible irregularities with regard to Municipal court fines and fees;
(2) Possible irregularities in the expenditure of street and alley funds restricted by statute;
(3) Possible irregularities with regard to the Town zoning ordinances and zoning enforcement;
(4) Possible irregularities with regard to the billing and collection of utility services; and
(5) Possible conflicts of interest by one or more members of the Town board.

A copy of the written submittal to the State Auditor and Inspector’s Office was also submitted to District Attorney Eddie Wyant’s office, and Delaware County District 1 Commissioner Doug Smith.
The written concerns were distributed in late March 2011. Signatures from citizens requesting the investigation and residing in Bernice were returned to the State Auditor and Inspector by May 30, 2011.

During the midst of this investigation, two of the five Bernice board members were removed from office in August for violating Oklahoma Statute, Title 11, Section 8-114. That statute requires training for newly appointed or elected municipal officials covering topics that include: municipal budget requirements, the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Open Records Act, ethics, procedures for conducting meetings, conflicts of interest, and purchasing procedures.This report was posted on the State of Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector web site,

We have reproduced it in its entirety, including response from David Jones, Bernice Town Attorney.



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a class=”highslide” onclick=”return vz.expand(this)” href=””><Over 2 years ago, citizens of Bernice filed a request with the Sate of Oklahoma, requesting an audit on activities of  the Town of Bernice, its public Works authority and town officials.

9 Responses to Petition Audit Report Town of Bernice Finally Arrives

  1. Looks like we deserve a new mayor, clerk, court clerk, and three new board members immediately.

    Bernice Resident
    April 12, 2012 at 1:13 am

  2. I thought these kinds of shenanigans only occurred in movies until we moved to Grove. Delaware County seems to be rife to these types of improprieties, and Grove is no exception. I hope the citizens of Bernice waste no time in ousting these guys and elect public servants who know, and serve by, the statues of their state and their municipality. Citizens are demanding accountability on the federal level, and it’s about time we demand accountability on the local level as well. Hats off to the people of Bernice who initiated this audit. Now the hard work begins as they clean up their town.

    Grove Resident
    April 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

  3. Well, Well, Well. Looks like all that was said monthes ago were true. Looks likke we gots ourselves a legal matter to attend to. Crooked mayor and he hires a wife beating crooked chief to patrol the streets. Wonder how many crimes will go unpunished if it were up to him and the mayor. What a bunch of losers we voted for. Imagine if we too had the freedom of speech. Maybe we would not be in this situation right now. Wonder if the new chief ever completed his requirments? Maybe we should all inquire about that next. Wonder what would come to surface? I say we vote out the mayor and get rid of the new chief and hire someone who is qualified for the position. maybe we can again hold our heads high, because after reading the audit, I am so ashamed to be living here in Bernice.

    April 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

  4. Kudos to the Grand Lake Business Journal for reporting these events from the beginning. Keep up the good work. Continued investigative reporting will remain essential.

    April 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  5. Well, if there is a financial issue going on in our Town of Bernice, then we need to take a closer look at the City Clerk! She is the one that handles the money and if she would handle the finances and not stay out of the business’s of others affairs, the Town of Bernice might fare better in an audit. The Mayor is a decent man who is concerned for the wellbeing of our Town and he does alot out of his own pocket! The City Clerk knows that she overpaid herself by thousands! She is quick to throw good people under the bus just to make herself look good and then we have to suffer because she is incompetent at her handling our Towns’ budget! She has been at her job for over 5 years and enjoys hiding behind her lies and she should be the one that is required to pay back what ever the amount is from the time she has served in her position. Sounds like the corruption starts there!

    April 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    • Mayor a Decent man LMAO.What a Joke

      April 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

  6. The audit report is the tip of the iceberg. What about all the grants recived bt the town council if all the grant monies wernt spent on proposed projects isnt that misapropriation of Federal funds.Hiring of the town attorney in violation of open meetings act.Hiring the police chief in violation of open meetings act.Town attorney himself willfully violating the open meetings act. The citizens of Bernice have endured such lawlessness by town officials for so long they deserve justice.The question isthis Will Eddie Wyant do his job and prosecute or will he slap them on the back of the hand and allow them to continue Such lawlessness???/

    April 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

  7. Reguarding the many violations of the open meeting act by Bernice officials.The open meeting act is clear . Punishment for each violation is 500.00 fine one year in the county jail or both.Nowhere in the open meeting act does it say. The district Attorney may let them off with a slap to the back of the hand Town attorneyDavid Jones himself violated the open meeting act on at least 2 occasions even after being warned he was doing so by a citizen. Attorneys do have a code of ethics and should adhere to it or risk being disbarred

    April 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

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