PR Question #2
Question 2: Are there any things you want to change about the way the auditor's office is run? (150 words max.)
Blake Frazier has done a good job of running the auditor's office for a number of years. My goal as auditor would be to build upon his foundation and employ new technologies where there is a logical fit.
In my current capacity as an IT Consultant, I see new ways of accomplishing business goals almost daily. My clients rely on me to look at their processes and recommend new, better and cost-effective solutions to enhance and/or better them. I will bring this same critical eye to the auditor's office and actively look for ways to increase efficiency, lower costs, and provide even better service to the County Council and citizens of Summit County.
I understand that many Summit County Special Districts have not been recently audited by the Auditor's office. Thus the financial and procedural auditing of the special districts and other relevant offices would be a priority. Modernization, where cost effective, championed. An easily accessible mechanism for keeping the taxpayer informed will be implemented. Reviewing and updating audit objectives, plans, tests, documentation and remediation would also be a priority. State and professional training and certification commensurate with the position is critical for efficient functioning. The Deputy Auditor should be able to competently fill in for the auditor should the need arise. Similarly, the auditor should be a Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP). As Auditor I will sit for the CGAP exam during my first year in office. The relatively poor morale within the Auditor's office, due to internal and external factors, must be resolved. Vote Gary Shumway for YOUR County Auditor. Voteshumway.org.