Ward 6 Councilwoman Donna Hawley did not attend the recent State Audit Review session on March 18, and while the session was closed, her absence drew concerns from at least one City Councilman.


Ward 6 Councilwoman Donna Hawley did not attend the recent State Audit Review session on March 18, and while the session was closed, her absence drew concerns from at least one City Councilman.

“I think you need to find out why Mrs. Hawley did not attend,” asked Ward 4 City Councilman Don Morris. “She’s was one of the people who started this thing. Don’t you think it’s interesting she didn’t attend?”

Morris offered the query Friday afternoon at the Rolla Daily News office.

Results of the closed session, which gave city officials the chance to preview and respond to the audit before it is released, have not been made public.

Hawley, who attended the Board of Public Works meeting Monday, said there has been so much City Council discussion about the audit, she felt the need to let her fellow council members discuss it.

“I have been walking such a tightrope between being a City Council person and a co-petitioner of the group that sought the audit, I just felt it was better if I let others handle it,” Hawley said.
“Besides, if something about the audit got out, I don’t want to be considered the source of that leak.”

Hawley said she was disappointed about comments made during the closed session.

“I understand there were some attacks of those who signed the petition, which is totally wrong,” Hawley said. “To go off topic, away from the audit and attack the petitioners is just not right.”

The results of the audit will be made public in late April or early May.