Gauley Bridge officials promised to "strengthen internal controls to thoroughly review any and all documentation prior to submitting to prior outside grantor agencies," according to the audit.
Gauley Bridge police Chief Shawn Whipkey resigned to work as a coal miner shortly after a Gazette-Mail reporter began writing about the State Police's investigation in February.
Winebrenner refused to answer questions about Whipkey and criticized reporters for giving Gauley Bridge a reputation as a "speed trap."
In 2002, Gauley Bridge reported registering 28 speeding ticket convictions with the Division of Motor Vehicles for the entire year. That number rose to 268 the following year, after Whipkey joined the force in December 2002.
The town took in $322,814, about 50 percent of its revenue, from speeding citations, according to the audit.
The audit also found that the town didn't properly maintain the municipal court docket to record dispositions of all traffic citations. As a result, some cases were not properly judged and the municipality did not receive a portion of revenue from the police citations.
Officials said that because of the State Police investigation, all citations were confiscated and are being kept and filed in proper order.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.