Friday, February 1, 2019

Everett Wins State Auditor’s Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Everett was recently bestowed with a State Auditor’s Stewardship Award, the state’s highest honor for financial achievement in government, highlighting the port’s century of outstanding financial accountability, transparency and stewardship of public resources.

“The Office of the Washington State Auditor recognizes the Port of Everett’s dedication to making government work better,” State Auditor Pat McCarthy stated in a letter to the Port Commission. “The port recently celebrated its 100th year of operation and throughout this time, the port’s leadership has promoted a culture of accountability and dedication to maintaining strong internal controls throughout its processes. Management has consistently shown compliance with state law and the Port’s own policies by immediately acting on suggestions or recommendations throughout the Port’s audits and by staying current on regulations. Of particular note, the port has not received an audit finding in over 20 years.”

“To be proud of this incredible accomplishment is an understatement,” said John Carter, chief financial officer for the port. “Receiving a stewardship award of this caliber and checking off our 21st consecutive clean audit is a testament to the leadership of our Port Commission, our dedicated financial team managed by Port Controller Robert Marion, and the work of our entire staff who take pride in ensuring we continue to be fiscally responsible.”