Vashon fire district receives clean audit

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue recently received another clean audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office.

At an audit exit conference last Tuesday attended by VIFR officials and four of five board members, state officials said that the audit of the district’s 2011 finances produced no findings — meaning the district appeared to have complied with state laws and shepherded its resources responsibly in in 2011.

“I’m happy we had another successful year,” said Chief Hank Lipe after the meeting, adding that he didn’t expect the state would find any issues.

During VIFR’s 2007 audit, the state produced three findings, something that Lipe said he wanted to fix when he came on in 2008. Since then, the district has been audited every year, and all audits have been clean.

At the Tuesday’s audit exit conference, commissioners praised Lipe for his work, with Chair Candy McCullough saying he is doing a “superb job.”


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