A routine audit of Okanogan County Fire District 6 by the Washington State Auditor’s Office found the district was in compliance with state laws and regulations and the district’s policies and procedures.
The audit released Monday (June 26) focused on payroll expenses and procedures and covered a period from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2016.
The district was audited last year in response to a call from a citizen, and after examining district records, auditors noted weaknesses in district policies governing compensatory time. In a letter to the district in July 2016, auditors advised the district to establish clear policies related to leave accrual and use.
The citizen call to the auditor was made after district commissioners signed an agreement in December 2015 authorizing two years of paid leave to Chief Don Waller that included more than 4,000 hours of accrued compensatory time.
Last year’s audit examined district records from 2002-2015. Since 2015, the district has implemented policies that address the concerns raised in last year’s audit, including adopting a compensatory time policy in March 2016. Auditors found no areas of noncompliance in the audit released this week.