Thurston County recently received a clean audit from the State Auditor’s Office for the fifth straight year.

“Clean audits are a credit to our sound policies and meticulous and talented staff,” Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor, said in a release. “Clean audits should be a regular occurrence for Thurston County.”

The State Auditor’s Office looked at some parts of county operations, including practices in payroll and accounts payable as well as use of restricted funds and procedures in district court and the jail.

This year’s audit was conducted while county offices were closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because we were closed, the entire audit was conducted remotely,” Hall said in a release. “County staff worked hard to be accessible and responsive. We also gave them credentials for read-only access to our financial system.”

In an exit conference memo from the State Auditor’s Office, it said Thurston County staff “did a great job complying with last-minute requests and doing so in a timely manner.”

State auditors will return later this year to audit a grant in the Public Health and Social Services department. That audit was delayed because of the public health crisis.

You can find a copy of the State Auditor’s reports here.

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.