Gwinnett leaders agreed this week to hire an internal auditor, adding another layer of review to county spending and operations.
The job will not be filled immediately, and finance director Maria Woods would not give any kind of time frame for when the Office of Internal Audit would be created, it’s cost, or when a related internal audit committee would be formed.
“There’s a lot to be done,” she said.
The county first hired an internal auditor more than 30 years ago, but has been less committed to the position in recent years. In 2007, Gwinnett changed its audit division to a Performance Analysis Division, which focused not only on auditing, but on advisory services and measuring employees’ performance. The head of that department left in 2012, and since then, the work has largely been done by an outside firm.
The new office and committee will help with the oversight of public funds and “add to the accountability of the county,” Woods said. County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to create the two groups. In many ways, it is a continuation of their efforts to restore trust in local government.