JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office found in a recent audit of the City of Glasgow that former police chief and city administrator improperly used city resources.
Kevin Atwood, who was appointed Glasgow Police Chief in 2004 before assuming the post of Glasgow City Administrator in 2013, was administrator when suspicious activity took place involving official city accounts.
The audit was requested via the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline by a Glasgow resident in 2017. The whistleblower alleged that strange purchases had been made with city credit cards. Firearm inventory concerns were also raised in the tip to the auditor’s office.
An investigation was referred to the Howard County Prosecuting Attorney, Missouri Department of Public Safety and Missouri Highway Patrol.
In October 2017, Atwood submitted his resignation to the Glasgow Board of Aldermen, after the board had suspended his position.
In total, Galloway’s office found more than $4,000 missing from city accounts. Records show that about $3,200 was found to be missing from bulk water sales, with only $522 recorded received by the city, however the total received should have been $3,800.
A city check was made out to Atwood for $1,050, however there is no evidence the check was put toward its city-approved purchase.
In addition, city staff were allegedly directed to pay Atwood’s personal credit card bills, amounting to $4,000 in expenses improperly paid.
Concerns were also raised in the audit regarding the city’s clothing allowance program, which allowed city employees to purchase personal items and reimburse the city. Under the program, city police officers were allowed to purchase firearms. However, Galloway alleges that “Poor record keeping made it difficult to determine what was actually purchased . . . for personal or official use.”
Records show that Atwood purchased eight total firearms over the course of four years using the program. Three of the guns recorded as purchases with city funds were not found in the Glasgow Police force’s arsenal inventory.
Overall, the city of Glasgow was given a poor rating by Galloway’s office. She recommended improvements in financial oversight, record keeping and checks and balances for financial practices.
“There should be no tolerance for public officials who abuse their position for their personal gain,” Auditor Galloway said in a statement.