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Rapid City COMPASS Independent Audit Program From the Rapid City Compass Committee website:
October 15, 2012

Rapid City COMPASS Independent Audit Program

The COMPASS Independent Audit Program and the overseeing COMPASS Committee was established by the Rapid City Council on October 28, 2011, and ceased reporting to the City Council as of June 2015.  The COMPASS program was designed to be an accountability program, both bringing more transparency to the city government’s financial dealings, as well as exposing ways that the city might trim their financial obligations.  

Rapid City began researching city auditing programs in July 2011 at the urging of Rapid City Ward 1 Alderwoman Charity Doyle and with the support of Mayor Sam Kooiker and Ward 3 Alderman Dave Davis.  One of the main examples the City Council drew upon when developing COMPASS was Sioux Fall’s internal auditing program, which was established in 2006 and employs three auditors overseen by a seven member independent Audit Committee. 

Kelan Kelly was hired in May 2012 to oversee the COMPASS program and serve as the Lead Internal Auditor.  He was the first hired of a planned two member auditing team.  A first internal audit plan was presented and approved in August 2012, which allowed Kelly and another staff auditor to develop a plan for the 2013 audit and to begin examining certain aspects of the city’s expenditures and cash handling. 

The Rapid City Council debated fiercely regarding several aspects of the COMPASS program and the make up of the committee to oversee the program.  Some council members wanted to have greater City Council representation on the committee, and others among them felt that it would bias or influence the committee to have more City Council members than general citizens on the COMPASS Committee. 

The City Council has had further debate on the legality of COMPASS having closed meetings. In December 2012, the Council requested an official opinion from the State Attorney General as to the legality of continuing closed meetings.

The last Compass committee recommendation occurred at the May 18, 2015 City Council meeting.  Mayor Allender took over the City Council meetings on June 6 and by July stated to the Rapid City Journal that his plans included cutting the Compass program, as its value was less than its cost.

Currently the city is determining what is audit needs are, and how best to address those needs.




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