Chief Accountant pays price as heads roll over council accounts

A NUMBER OF senior ranking finance officers including Thurrock Council’s chief accountant left the council this week in the wake of the council’s “badly managed” accounts being rejected by the audit commission.

Corporate director of finance, Martin Hone made a public apology to the council last night (Thursday) in the wake of the embarrassing sequence of events.

The accounts were described by the commission as “badly managed” and “the council’s preparation for the audit of the 2010/11 financial statement has been poor and lessons must be learned.”

Mr Hone informed the council that four members of staff had left the council including the chief accountant on Wednesday.

He added that as the chief financial officer, he accepted “full responsibility”.

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