LIMA — For the second year in a row, Auditor of State Keith Faber has awarded Allen County Auditor Rachael Gilroy a “Clean Audit Award” after the state found no problems with the county’s financial accounts.
Faber visited the Allen County commissioner’s office Tuesday to recognize the accomplishment.
“This recognition that we’re giving, we’re giving this county auditor, but it really goes to the entire county because this county came together. It had some financial issues, and our office worked with our office to clear those up,” Faber said.
When performing an audit, the state examines the bookkeeping procedures and pulls a random sampling of accounts to detect any potential financial problems. Only about 10% of the state’s 6,000 public municipalities end up returning a clean audit.
Faber said such an award shows taxpayers that public dollars are being spent and accounted “efficiently, effectively and in a transparent way.”
Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan said the result was a testament to the county’s elected officials and department heads, who collaborated to get it done.
Gilroy echoed those sentiments.
“It just takes great collaboration among all departments. So the county has a lot to be proud of.” Gilroy said.
The Allen County Land Bank, which is administrated by Gilroy, also received a Clean Audit Award from Faber.
“When I became auditor about two and half years ago, I sat down with my chief deputy and our staff and our goal was in 2021, we were going to have a clean audit. We were going to clean up all the outstanding issues and were going to have a clean audit, and this is our second clean audit in a row,” Gilroy said.
“I just want to speak to knowing the good relationship between the state auditor and our county auditor’s office. We know that there’s a lot of work that’s done there, and we greatly appreciate,” Noonan said. “I think the recognition today is a testament to that relationship.”
“This is a great state, but there aren’t many places that are better to live than Allen County. And it comes from the leadership you have and the elected officials who work together as a team,” Faber said.
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