The Knox County Department of Internal Audit released its follow-up report regarding the Criminal Justice Audit conducted in 2014. The Criminal and Criminal Sessions Court Clerk’s offices were given a positive review with no additional findings. Click here for the Audit Report.
The report prompted this statement from Clerk of Courts, Mike Hammond, “When I came into office in September 2014, the Criminal Justice Audit found many discrepancies in the court offices relating to quality assurance controls, personnel training, protection of important court documents, the lack of policies and procedures for critical areas and a lack of user information within the JIMS system. Our staff took immediate action to rectify the identified problems and to reach an overall satisfactory resolution. Receiving a clean Criminal Justice Audit report with no additional findings, definitely is reflective of the significant improvements put in place for each area and is contributed to the hard work and dedication exhibited by our staff under the support and supervision of Chief Deputy Richard Major, Chief Financial Officer Amy Deering, General Sessions Court Supervisor Karen Frost, and Criminal Court Supervisor Stephanie Ogle. While we recognize the significance of the follow-up audit, we are also aware of the continued need for improvements as we strive to reach the level of excellence our citizens deserve from their Clerk of Courts office.”