Exit audits underway at AL governor's mansions, capitol office

Exit audits underway at AL governor's mansions, capitol office

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler has started the scheduled exit audits of three governor's mansion facilities and well as the capitol office following the resignation of Robert Bentley on April 10.

Around 9:30 a.m. Monday, Zeigler and his staff began auditing the inventory at the Governor's Mansion, located on South Perry Street in Montgomery. According to Zeigler, his records show former governor Robert Bentley is responsible for 257 state assets worth $891,682.54 there.

On Tuesday Zeigler's office will continue the audit at the governor's office in the state capitol. Zeigler says Bentley is responsible for 249 state assets worth $245,848.32 in the governor's office.

Also on Tuesday, an audit will also be done at the Winfield estate, the east Montgomery governor's mansion donated by the estate of the late Wynton "Red" Blount. According to Zeigler, the Blount Mansion has never been inventoried. Zeigler's office is constructing a database of state assets dispatched to the Blount Mansion

Finally, on April 25, Zeigler and staff will do the last of the exit audits at the Governor's Mansion at the Gulf, located near Fort Morgan. Zeigler says Bentley is responsible for 98 state assets there worth $101,259.80.

The audit reports on the locations are expected to be completed by the end of the month.

During the audit, Zeigler says he would also like to locate "Wanda's desk", the desk Bentley mentioned moving away from his office door in recorded conversations with Rebekah Mason, a top aide with whom he's accused of having an affair.

Zeigler says the exit audits are required to be done whenever there is a change of administration

Moving trucks, along with Bentley, were spotted outside the Alabama Governor's Mansion on South Perry Street Friday morning. Bentley was expected to have his personal belongings out of the governor's office at the Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, and the beach mansion before the audits began.

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