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Clean Findings for City of Enumclaw in 2011 from State Auditor's Office

The Washington State Auditor's Office has found that the city of Enumclaw was in compliance with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas examined.

The city of Enumclaw has received a clean audit from the State Auditor's Office for the year 2011.

City Administrator Mike Thomas explained today the city audits were typically a year behind.

The Auditor's Office does not conduct an investigation of every transaction, activity or area but instead looks at areas "representing the highest risk of noncompliance, misappropriation or misuse."

For the city, those areas were:

  • Accounting/financial reporting
  • Financial condition
  • Cash receipting
  • Budget compliance
  • Municipal Court
  • Police Department
  • Open public meeting minutes

This year's report also revisited a finding from last year's audit that the police department did not have safeguards in place regarding property and funds held in its custody. The city has addressed those issues appropriately, the report said. Prior to last year's finding, Enumclaw had been free of findings since 2001.

Fire Clear Too

The Auditor's Office also found King County Fire Protection District No. 28 to be in compliance as well, for the time period of 2010 to 2011. That report summary was released this fall.

Specific areas that were examined were:

  • General Disbursements
  • Contracts/agreements
  • Open public meeting minutes
  • Finding follow up
  • Conflict of interest/ethics laws
  • Procurement (bid laws)
  • Payroll/personnel
  • Hotlines

The Auditor's Office in 2010 issued citations to the department for purchasing and conflict of interest violations with regards to the purchase of a modular home that was to be used as a dormitory. Since then, "recommendations were followed and the issue was resolved," that report said.

Both report summaries are available for viewing with this story, to the right.

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