The election is over...now the real work begins
I am honored to have been elected to serve as your Kane County Auditor. Thank you. My campaign was centered on three qualities that I believe are fundamental to the continued success of the office -
INTEGRITY, INDEPENDENCE and INNOVATION.
Since the election is over I plan to re-purpose this website as a communications tool with a slightly different focus. Even so, I am leaving this page online as a constant reminder of the pledge I made to the citizens of Kane County.
Honesty, trustworthiness and dependability are key elements of personal integrity. Those are qualities we would look for in our friends, and we should demand in our public officials. As your financial advocate though, the County Auditor must be held to an even higher standard. A crucial component of duties of the County Auditor is also to create and preserve fiscal integrity of the county finances.
As your next Kane County Auditor, I plan to implement a series of steps - a combination of new programs and modifications to existing protocols - to better serve the citizens, and in order to be effective I will require cooperation from every department countywide.
I don't want to re-invent the wheel. There are already programs and procedures with a proven track record of success; they just are not functioning in Kane County – at least not yet. As far back as the primary election I shared some specfic goals and strategies for improving the service provided by the office of Kane County Auditor. I am gratified that these ideas resonated with both the voters and those in County Government. The Audit Hotline was actually implemented before I took office. Similarly there is also now a limited version of an online checkbook. My plan is to develop the Kane County: Access to Accountability project in segments. The first of which will be to upgrade the features of our online checkbook.
I also promised to advocate for a comprehensive Risk Assessment Program, and I am happy to report that we have already conducted interviews with many of the offices and departments to identify and prioritize opportunities for increased operational audits. An audit of the county credit card program has also been scheduled during fiscal year 2013, as well as transitional audits for the newly elected officials, and other special projects.