According to the contract for the audit of missing guns, drugs, and money from the Asheville Police Department’s evidence room, the city of Asheville should have received a copy when the $175,000 audit was completed in January.
The June 2011 contract with Blueline systems, part of a trove of documents released by Carolina Public Press today detailing the scope of the audit, declares that the city will receive a copy of the evidence room audit, though it notes the District Attorney can redact some sections.
Upon completion of the forensic inventory, Contractor shall provide the District Attorney with a copy of the final report consisting of the results of the inventory and any recommendations, if applicable. Contractor shall provide the City with a copy of the final report unless the release of the information provided in the final report, as determined by the District Attorney is: 1) Likely to jeopardize the State’s ability to prosecute a defendant; or 2) is likely to undermine an ongoing or future criminal investigation. In the event the above-stated conditions apply, Contractor, in consultation with the District Attorney, shall redact or remove from the final report such confidential information and provide the City with a copy of the remaining information contained in the final report.
District Attorney Ron Moore has not delivered a copy to the city, or responded to open records requests over the course of the last few months for its public release. City manager Gary Jackson confirms the city still hasn’t received the report, but says he has no plans to press for its delivery.
“I’ve asked the district attorney when it might be made available and received periodic updates,” Jackson tells Xpress. “I’m quite comfortable that he’s working with the [State Bureau of Investigation] to accomplish the ultimate completion of the report and its release.”
“I’m very satisfied with the District Attorney’s handling of the matter,” he adds.
Moore has not also not responded to multiple open records requests for the audit’s release. According to attorneys from the North Carolina Press Association, the audit should be a matter of public record.