Putnam County receives ‘clean’ audit for 3rd straight year

Only county in UC to receive “clean” audit

NASHVILLE –The Tennessee Comptroller’s Division of Local Government Audit recently released the Annual Financial Report-Audit for Putnam County for fiscal year 2018-2019 and the report had no adverse findings, which is considered a “clean” audit. 

This is the third year in a row for Putnam to receive a clean audit, which is historical. Putnam County received its first clean audit in 2017 which was for fiscal year 2016-2017. Before 2017, the county had never received a clean audit report.

According to County Audit, out of 95 Tennessee counties in 2017, there were only 12 clean audits. In 2018, there were only 13 and, for 2019 so far, there have only been six out of the 35 counties that have been released.

Putnam County is the only Upper Cumberland county to receive a clean audit report in either 2017 or 2018. To date, seven of the 14 counties have had their 2019 audits released and, so far, Putnam is the only one to receive a clean audit. 

“We are very pleased and excited to receive a clean audit report for the third year in a row,” said Putnam county Mayor Randy Porter. “After taking office in 2014, one of my primary goals was to see us correct previous audit findings the county was seeing year after year. Working with the new and existing elected officials, department heads and county employees, we worked together to eliminate those repeat audit findings.”

Porter is a firm believer that teamwork is what has made this effort successful.

“This was a team effort from the beginning and continues to be,” stated Porter. “We have a great group of elected and appointed officials who all worked together as a team to make this happen, including Eddie Farris, Randy Jones, Harold Burris, Wayne Nabors, Freddie Nelson, Steve Pierce, Jennifer Wilkerson, Jerry Boyd, Mark McReynolds, Linda Reeder and Debbie Steidl. Also, we could not accomplish this without our department heads and county employees who work with the county’s finances and budget on a daily basis. One person cannot make something like this happen, it takes a team. We are fortunate in Putnam County that we have a great team!”

The audit is available for public review at: https://comptroller.tn.gov/office-functions/la/reports/audit-reports.html

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