OLYMPIA, WA – For the fourth straight year, Thurston County received a clean audit from the State Auditor's Office.
An audit team from the State Auditor's office worked with the Thurston County Auditor's Financial Services Division for the last two months to complete financial and accountability audits. Staff from the Board of County Commissioners', Treasurer's and Assessor's offices and other county departments also helped with the audit.
One focus of the audit included looking into the emergency procurement of emergency repairs to the county courthouse following a blackout that shut down much of county government. "Even when we're faced with an emergency, our diligent financial staff make sure we work in a transparent and accountable way," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor.
The State Auditor's Office also took a particular look at open public meeting practices, the Assessor's Office, cash receipting and accounts payable, among other focusses in their audit.
The State Auditor's Office complimented the openness and hospitality of the Financial Services division staff in opening additional office space and providing assistance throughout the audit. "County staff members were accessible and had timely responses to our questions and requests," read part of the State Auditor's Office exit conference memo. "There were several County staff members who spent a great deal of their days working with auditors, and we appreciate their cooperation."
"Clean audits are a credit to our diligent and talented county staff," Hall said. "I expect this kind of audit to become the norm for us."
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More information on the financial state of Thurston County is found in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report published by the Thurston County Auditor's Financial Services division.