"Misunderstandings about overtime have distracted attention from monitoring more expensive personnel costs such as additional work and absences," the audit says.
"Multnomah County auditors think Sheriff Dan Staton and his staff should stop focusing so much on its staggering overtime costs, and instead address overall staffing costs."
"A new report states Multnomah County should improve its system for monitoring deferred maintenance."
"Audits performed last year by Multnomah County and Metro have taken top honors in their respective categories from the Association of Local Government Auditors."
"Multnomah County and the city of Portland have collected more than $141,000 from businesses that failed to pay required taxes and fees to the two entities."
"Personnel and organizational changes are responsible for Multnomah County's taking "a step backward" in crucial efforts to identify and monitor who has access to privileged information."
"Cash-strapped Multnomah County burned through more than $300,000 last year by failing to monitor employees' use of mobile cellular devices, according to a stinging audit."