Audit  Audit of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office (2019)

This audit examined NSO activities related to the authorization of its non-payroll expenses, its process for contracting for goods and services, and its oversight of staff overtime. It examined the period of July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017.

Organization: Office of the State Auditor
Date published: February 11, 2019

Executive Summary

In accordance with Section 12 of Chapter 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Office of the State Auditor has conducted a performance audit of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office (NSO) for the period July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017. In this performance audit, we assessed certain aspects of NSO’s operations, including its administration of its process of coordinating, submitting, and approving non-payroll expenses; its contracting process for goods and services; and its staff overtime.

Sheriff Michael Bellotti resigned as NSO Sheriff on October 26, 2018. In anticipation of Sheriff Bellotti’s departure, Robert Harnais, NSO Special Counsel, was appointed Special Sheriff on July 26, 2018 pursuant to Section 5 of Chapter 37 of the General Laws. He assumed the role of Sheriff effective upon Sheriff Bellotti’s departure. On December 17, 2018, the Governor appointed Jerome McDermott as NSO Sheriff effective December 24, 2018. Sheriff McDermott will serve until 2020, when a special election will be held to select a Sheriff to serve the last two years of Sheriff Bellotti’s final term.

Our audit revealed no significant instances of noncompliance by NSO that must be reported under generally accepted government auditing standards.


A PDF copy of the audit of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office is available here.






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