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  Missouri's newly appointed state auditor says problems still linger in Jackson County Circuit Court and need to be addressed nearly a year after the former court administrator was sentenced to federal prison for embezzling almost $80,000.

(Updated 4/28/2015, 11:58 a.m.)

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has named her new senior staff.

In a press release issued Tuesday, she named John Luetkemeyer as Deputy State Auditor and Michael Moorefield as Chief of Staff.

Luetkemeyer has been with the Missouri Auditor's office since 1981.  He was promoted to executive staff in 2008 under former Auditor Susan Montee, a Democrat, and also served as Director of State Audits under Tom Schweich, a Republican.

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  The note left by the Missouri auditor's spokesman before his apparent suicide said "I just can't take being unemployed again."

Jefferson City Police Capt. Doug Shoemaker said Tuesday that the note from Spence Jackson was dated March 27.

Shoemaker also said Jackson died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Jackson was found dead Sunday in his Jefferson City apartment.

(Updated 5:10 p.m.)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, shocking the state’s political world and throwing turmoil into the state’s 2016 contest for governor.

The only statewide political office up for grabs in Missouri this year doesn't appear to be anywhere near up for grabs.

State Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican, is facing only token opposition from the Libertarian and Constitution parties, and the Democrats are not fielding a challenger. This contest may serve more as a campaign for Schweich's next political goal:

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The only Missouri Democrat who has announced plans to challenge the re-election of Republican Auditor Tom Schweich is dropping out of the race.

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An outside auditing firm has found deficiencies in the 2011 and 2012 Randolph County budgets. Casey-Beard-Boehmer PC conducted an audit released in September on behalf of the Missouri State Auditor’s Office.

Deputy State Auditor Harry Otto said he does not anticipate how the Missouri State Auditor’s Office will assess Randolph County until the full audit is completed despite the deficiencies found by the outside CPA firm.