Warren County finance director Linda Hillis has been recognized by the state for her contributions in helping her employer to obtain clean credit for fiscal year 2015-16.
“A lot of times, we get bad news but we don’t get good news,” said state Rep. Paul Sherrell, standing alongside state Sen. Janice Bowling. “We’re here to give you a little bit of good news. I asked Janice to be part of this.”
Sherrell read a statement from Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, who was congratulating state officials for doing their part in encouraging local officials to achieve and maintain the highest level of financial responsibility.
“We would like to recognize a significant accomplishment in your legislative district,” said Wilson. “Warren County received a clean audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. A clean audit indicates the county leaders and elected officials have committed to establishing strong internal controls and accountability for taxpayer dollars. It is evident Warren County leaders are following your example of ensuring good government in the state of Tennessee. The Tennessee General Assembly is doing its part to improve the condition of Tennessee local government. In 2015, the General Assembly passed Public Chapter 112 requiring all local governments to establish and maintain internal control to safeguard county funds and properties. We believe this policy is having a significant impact on improving audits results across Tennessee.”
A clean audit report is the ultimate seal of auditing approval for the way government is conducting business. It signifies the county has a strong financial system that allows for accurate financial reporting and clear checks and balances that help protect taxpayer money.
Warren County was among 12 in the state to receive a clean audit report from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office.
“This is a great accomplishment for Warren County. Tonight, on behalf of myself and Janice Bowling, I have something I would like to present to a young lady who has accomplished greatly and her name is Mrs. Linda Hillis,” said Sherrell. “It’s my understanding she is the one who keeps the books for Warren County. It is my understanding she has done a great job and we greatly appreciate you.”
Hillis, who was visibly shocked by the announcement, was presented a certificate of accomplishment for Warren County.