A draft of an audit involving the well-known 287(g) program within the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is expected to be finished next month, officials said Wednesday.

Representatives from CliftonLarsonAllen, the firm conducting the audit, updated members of the county’s Interagency Internal Audit Authority about work done so far.

The IIAA, a seven-member oversight board of the county’s internal audit division, is overseeing the audit as an independent body. The 287(g) program in the county sheriff’s office is a partnership between Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins’ (R) office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement allowing the latter to train sheriff’s deputies. Under the program, deputies can ask about the immigration status of anyone booked into the county’s adult detention center and begin deportation proceedings if necessary.

Tricia Griffis, director of the Interagency Internal Audit Division, told IIAA members that CliftonLarsonAllen representatives have begun fieldwork and interviewed members of the sheriff’s office involved in the 287(g) program.

Sean Walker, a principal with CliftonLarsonAllen, said he and colleagues have toured the county’s detention center, looked at travel expenses and reviewed other related costs to the program and is “99 percent” sure a draft report should be finished by the IIAA’s meeting next month.

Officials said Wednesday that the draft will not be available to the public until a final report is finished, probably in March. Then, county government officials will release the findings to the public.

The audit is looking at any incremental costs in the past five full fiscal years, along with July through September 2019, Griffis said. Walker said after the meeting that means he and others have looked at the sheriff’s office’s financial records to see if any costs have accrued on the county budget.

Walker added that even as a draft report is given to the IIAA, aspects of the report could change based on terminology used in it or other factors — and therefore, the draft will not be public. The procedure is typical under state auditing guidelines and was agreed upon by the county and CliftonLarsonAllen, Walker said.

“It’s considered an active work product until it’s released” as a final report, Walker said.

Walker said he and his colleagues started the work Oct. 22, when a task order was arranged between county officials and CliftonLarsonAllen. The holiday season and scheduling conflicts with high-level officials at his firm is why the audit is still ongoing, he said.

County officials announced the audit in August.

The audit is expected to cost $19,739, according to the contract between the county and CliftonLarsonAllen. Walker said his team should stay within that budget.

He estimated he or colleagues have visited the detention center half a dozen times, speaking with the sheriff and colleagues involved with the 287(g) program.

Councilman Steve McKay (R) asked Griffis what the next steps were after they received the draft report. Griffis said she, the IIAA, sheriff’s office, representatives from County Executive Jan Gardner’s (D) office and the County Council will review the report before completing it and releasing it to the public.

The county executive’s office and County Council will review the audit because those two bodies requested it, and the sheriff’s office gets the chance to review it ahead of time because that agency is the one being audited, officials said Wednesday.

Griffis noted that increasing the scope of the audit from two to five years has increased the audit time frame, but said that was beneficial because it provides more information.

McKay agreed.

“If we’re going to do it, let’s do it right,” he said.

Follow Steve Bohnel on Twitter: @Steve_Bohnel.

Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

(26) comments

yogib

No mater what the audit shows, it does not change the immorality of the Sheriff's connection to ICE. (throwback to Nazi brown shirts)

KellyAlzan

Well said

vodalone

287g is a waste of money and resources, it's done nothing to make the community safer. Do away with it.

KellyAlzan

It’s because of 287 why an illegal immigrant successfully sued the sheriff and county.

Had the FCSO not gotten involved with 287, the Santos civil suit would never have necessitated.

gabrielshorn2013

Kelly, the FCSO only questions people that have been arrested, as clearly stated in the article. The Santos incident is not related to the current process. The current process, as described in the article above, is perfectly acceptable.

phydeaux994

Kelly, in all fairness, gab is right. Originally there were two separate 287(g) Programs, the Jail Enforcement Model with the Corrections Bureau which is still in place and the Task Force Model with the Law Enforcement Bureau which was the Program Ms. Santos was arrested under and which ICE kicked Sheriff Jenkins out of in 2012 for using it to profile people, which is exactly what the Deputies did with Ms. Santos.

KellyAlzan

Your last sentence is exactly what I’m referring to. Also, the reposting from the FNP on the Santos arrest showed a change in the story from the fcso. If they didn’t do anything wrong, why did the story change? And why am I the only one that picked up on it?

(I didn’t read gabbs’ response. She has been trolling me hard and heavy.)

KellyAlzan

*reporting

Not reposting

gabrielshorn2013

What in the world are you talking about Kelly? The FCSO was kicked out of the program that you continually bring up, in 2012 (over 7 years go). The only part of the 287(g) program that remains is what happens in the detention center after someone is arrested and brought to the lockup. Anyone arrested is questioned, and a background search performed. If it is determined that the person arrested in undocumented, ICE is notified, and the sheriff detains the person until ICE arrives. What is wrong with that? What story change? You mean the one over eight years ago? Water under the bridge, and case closed. Move on.

I certainly am not “trolling” you Kelly. I will however respond when you make outrageous statements and, ummm…”misstatements. Maybe a synchronization of terms is in order. From Wikipedia: “… by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalizing tangential discussion…”. That’s certainly not me, but you have done quite a bit of that. If you’re using that as a disparaging ad hominem , you are doing exactly what the rules of this forum prohibit.

threecents

You all need to be more respectful when addressing the Lead Commenter.

gabrielshorn2013

Thanks three. You're right. Can I be the Platinum Commenter? 😁😎

public-redux

Just so it is clear, I laid claim to titanium at least a decade ago in this comment section thanks to my championing of the Titanium Rule over the Golden Rule.

gabrielshorn2013

Sorry public, I didn't know. Is Gold available?

public-redux

You can be platinum. I'm titanium.

gdunn

wrong.

DickD

Less than $20,000 for an audit like this? I doubt it being worthwhile.

riccicc

Like I said, this audit better show something significant for the money that's being spent or I'm calling for impeachment proceedings against Jan Gardner and Kai Hagen.

KellyAlzan

A civil suit payout of one plus millio. Dollars to the illegal immigrant is sufficient justification for this audit. It didn’t derive out of thin air.

DickD

Yeah, better save your money for coffee

[lol]

KellyAlzan

The auditors will need to bring crayons and poster board so they can explain to Trumpkins what the audit says

Lev928

Oh, look ... more corrupt democratic and liberal transplants are seeking to disrupt the Constitution and law in Frederick County. Trying to make it their new "home". Guess what? The overwhelming majority of Frederick County residents still support the Constitution and law.

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public-redux

Apparently they’ve turned you into a constitution-hating, big-government conservative.

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phydeaux994

Your way of life in Frederick County is disappearing fast, move South, it’s still thriving there. BTW, If you were smart you would’ve built the Wall 30 years ago. You wouldn’t have to deport anyone. BIG IF, I know CD, way too late now. Your fault. But you’ll love City life. 🌇🏙

KellyAlzan

You can thank Ba’Lane, Billie, and Kirbie for bringing the libs here with all the new development

phydeaux994

Yes, but there are a few Republicans that do too.....I hope.

richardlyons

You can thank Blaine and his 3 amigos.

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