Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced Friday that her office will be conducting an audit of the Sugar Creek Municipal Court.

“Citizens deserve efficiency, transparency and accountability in their municipal court system,” Galloway said in a release. “This audit will provide a thorough review and make recommendations to improve court operations.”

The State Auditor's Office is responsible for auditing the operations of municipal courts and divisions. Audit objectives will be to evaluate the court's internal control over financial transactions and compliance with the law and court rules, the release stated.

Sugar Creek Mayor Mike Larson said the city complied with state law last year that mandated separation between police and municipal court functions, and he believes the audit is likely a check-up on the city's compliance.

Individuals who wish to provide information for consideration in this or any audit can contact the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Information also can be submitted anonymously online at: auditor.mo.gov/hotline.