Thurston County Courthouse

Thurston County Courthouse

The state Auditor’s Office gave Thurston County a clean audit for the fourth straight year.

According to a press release, Thurston County’s Auditor’s Financial Services Division worked with an audit team from the state Auditor’s Office to complete accountability and financial audits for the last two months, aided also by staff from the the Board of County Commissioners and the treasurer and assessor offices.

Following a blackout that shut down much of Thurston County’s government, one area of the audit’s focus is the county courthouse’s procurement of emergency repairs.

“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, in a press release.

The auditors also focused on cash receipts, accounts payable, open public meeting practices and the assessor’s office, to name a few focal points.

“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 provided in the press release. “There were several county staff members who spent a great deal of their days working with auditors, and we appreciate their cooperation.”

Hall said that the audit’s results are a testament to the county’s staff. 

“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.”

To access the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, visit: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/financedocuments/2018%20CAFR.pdf

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