Pierce County performance audit committee seeks citizen member

The Pierce County Council is seeking applicants to fill one at-large position on the Performance Audit Committee.

The committee meets eight to ten times a year to decide what should be audited, plan specific audits, acquire audit contractors through an RFP process, hear audit reports, and make recommendations for action to the County Council and County Executive.

Most meetings are held on the final Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m., with occasional evening meetings.

Performance audits are authorized by the County Charter. The County Council created the Performance Audit Committee by ordinance to serve as the focal point of performance audit work. Audit reports since 1998 are posted at http://www.piercecountywa.org/performance-audit .

The committee has six members: County Councilmembers Dick Muri, Dan Roach, and Rick Talbert; Gary Robinson, director of the Department of Budget and Finance; and two “at-large” members who are selected by the other four members and represent the public. The vacancy being filled is one of the at-large positions.

The ideal citizen member of the committee is interested in serving the public through more efficient and effective local government, and recognizes the value of sufficient and appropriate evidence and auditor independence. Effective committee members will have an interest and ability to work with other members. Most important, committee members should see performance audits as a useful tool for oversight of county government.

The position does not include monetary compensation.

Persons interested in becoming a member should apply by contacting performance audit analyst William Vetter at (253) 798-2330 or wvetter@co.pierce.wa.us , or by mail at William Vetter, Pierce County Performance Audit Analyst, 930 Tacoma Ave. South, Room 1046, Tacoma, WA 98402. The application should include a brief resume, a letter explaining why you want to serve on the committee and what you think performance audits can accomplish, and a list of three personal references. Please mention any specific audit topics in which you might be interested.