I know that it has been a while since my last post and I know that there are a lot of negative statements being made about our Agency. Below is the official Press Release issued by the Board of Cosmetology today…
MISSISSIPPI STATE BOARD OF COSMETOLOGY
Jackson, MS – January 23, 2018
The Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology is thankful to the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office for their assistance as the Board works to implement changes to better serve Mississippians. The Board will continue to assist the Auditor’s Office regarding the compliance of the Agency. The Auditor’s Office completed their audit and findings for the Agency based on an investigation for FY2017 (July, 2016 – June, 2017). We are appreciative that the Auditor’s office did note that many of their findings and recommendations have had policies implemented by the Board before the report’s release. The Board will formally reply to the Auditor’s Office findings next week.
In July, 2017, Sharon Clark was hired as the Executive Director and worked with the Board in implementing changes to the office. Governor Phil Bryant appointed three (3) new Board members, Donald Vaughn (June, 2017), Deborah Coker (June, 2017) and Hilda Bills (July, 2017). Dorothy Ennis was elected as President and Darlene Smith as Secretary.
Effective July 1, 2017, the Board no longer accepts cash payments. The backlog of licenses from Fiscal Year 2017 were processed and mailed out by August 15, 2017. The Board has been current on license renewals since August, 2017 and remains current. If payments were returned as non-sufficient during the timeframe of Fiscal Year 2017, the Agency is not assessing a returned check fee. The Board is completing the final phases to implement online renewals that will be available thru the Agency website.
The Board has replaced its personnel at several key positions with experienced and qualified individuals. Internal reviews of travel and leave were conducted and policies were adopted to modify and restrict any abuses of state time and money. A policy has been put in place to ensure that all funds are deposited daily with financial reports provided to Board Members at monthly meetings. In addition, all office staff have been bonded to protect the state’s interest. Minutes are prepared within one week of the meeting and are available for review. Procurement policies are strictly enforced.
The Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology would like to apologize to the licensees of Mississippi for any inconvenience this has caused. The Board looks forward to moving in a positive direction. Cosmetology has a new Executive Director, new Board leadership and a new vision for the future.