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State auditor gives county clean audit


March 29, 2012

The Washington State Auditor’s Office presented Snohomish County Thursday with a clean accountability audit for the fifth straight year.

The audit highlights the county’s strong internal controls in multiple areas such as credit card use and travel expenses across county departments including the Executive Office.

“In a number of other entities within the region, we do find a number of issues,” Chuck Pfeil, director of State and Local Audit for the Washington State Auditor’s Office, told county staff during an audit exit interview. “So to say we came in here and we looked at a number of different areas and didn’t find any significant items is a reflection on what you’re doing.”

Despite earlier claims that the county’s financial records were in disarray, state audit officials said Thursday that documents were in good order, complete and provided in a timely manner.

“We looked at a number of different areas. Certainly we looked at credit card and travel, and we found that the information requested came in timely, in good order and we were able to go through it, and we appreciate that,” Pfeil said.

The clean audit validates the checks and balances that Snohomish County has in place to make sure county funds are used appropriately, said the county’s Finance Director Roger Neumaier.

“This audit report is a strong confirmation of the fiscal integrity that our employees have established in county records and systems,” Neumaier said. “We take seriously our responsibility to maintain strong financial records so that there is no question of how funds are used.”


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