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Springfield Mayor Orders Outside Audit Of City-Owned Golf Courses After Federal Raid

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A week after federal agents raided the pro shops, the mayor of Springfield has ordered an outside audit of the city’s two municipal golf courses.

Mayor Domenic Sarno, in a prepared statement, said he directed there be a “complete independent review” of the golf course operations to ensure transparency and public accountability. 

City Solicitor Ed Pikula said the city will hire an audit company that has experience with municipal golf course operations.

"We expect to have an outside firm retained by the end of next week," said Pikula.

IRS agents last week executed search warrants at the golf course pro shops and at two homes owned by the golf pro Kevin Kennedy Jr.  

A spokesperson for the IRS would not comment on the investigation.  

Kennedy’s company has managed the two courses for the city since 2011 and been paid a total of $1.23 million, according to city records.