SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County auditor has asked for a criminal investigation following a recent routine audit that revealed "inappropriate withdrawals" of more than $40,000 from an account at the Whitmore public library.

Nearly $10,000 remains unaccounted for and auditors have cited a long-term employee of the Ft. Union-area library location for the discrepancies. The misuse of funds in this case occurred over a seven year period, from April 2003 to April 2010, ending when the employee retired, according to newly-elected Salt Lake County Auditor Greg Hawkins.

Hawkins said Wednesday that all county officials are committed to proper use of public money.

"It is our intention in the auditor's office to work diligently with other elected officials to bring to light any breach of the public trust," he said. Hawkins has asked Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill to further examine the findings of the audit.

The Whitmore Library is one of the largest and most trafficked locations within the 19-branch county library system.

— Wendy Leonard