The Utah County Commission will now check all warrant registers at Timpanogos Community Mental Health Center to guarantee that expenditures are approved by the commission, said Commissioner Gary Anderson.
Expenditure approval "will be a part of the regular (Utah County Commission) session from now on," he said.The decision to approve center warrant registers comes in the wake of a fiscal scandal at Timp Mental Health. Last month legislative auditors found that center officials has misused more than $3.5 million in funds during a four-year period.
Wasatch County Commissioner Larry Duke said, "Utah County is doing it because they have the resources and the center is located there." Wasatch and Summit counties are also part of the Timp Mental Health program. Commissioners from each county sit on the center's Authority Board.
Next Monday the interim management team will hold informal hearings for suspended officials Derek Timms, Allen Fife, Jim Schwartz and Deanna Westwood. From there, a report will be taken to the authority board, said Interim Director David Dangerfield.
Suspended officials are hoping the outcome of their hearings are positive and provides them with the chance to return to the center as employees.