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Catherine Soper
Public Affairs Manager

Port receives its eighth consecutive exemplary audit

Post Date:05/31/2005

The Port of Everett continues to raise the bar as it receives its eighth consecutive exemplary audit.

After more than four weeks of the Washington State Auditor's Office reviewing the Port's financial statements, the agency reported that there were "no findings" in the audit.

"I am just so proud of our staff," said Phil Bannan, vice president of the Port Commission. "Not every agency can say it's had eight exemplary audits in a row. This just shows the Port's dedication to excellence both internally and externally."

The audit examined financial records from Jan. 1, 2004 through Dec. 31, 2004. In an exit interview, the Washington State Auditor's Office said, "We commend the Port's staff for their professionalism and cooperation in helping us complete the audit in an efficient and effective manner."

"We would like to congratulate you on the Port's exemplary record of no audit findings in the last seven audits," wrote Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag in a letter to the Commissioners last year. "This accomplishment reflects the dedication of the Board and the staff's strong oversight of operations, good internal controls and accurate financial reporting."

The audit consisted of examining the Port's financial statements, accountability for public resources, internal controls, compliance with federal programs and other financial activities at the Port.

"It's an honor to have a staff that is so diligent and thorough when handling public funds," said John Mohr, executive director of the Port of Everett. "This is really something to be proud of."

For more information, contact Lisa Mandt, community relations representative, at 425-388-0617.

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