Tazewell County voters will have a chance to make their voice heard on the November ballot when they decide whether they want an elected auditor on staff. If voters agree with the board county leaders say they would consider hiring a part-time position or an outside firm.
But auditor Shelly Hranka thinks that will jeopardize the auditor’s independence. She claims those protections would go away, and the board could even fire that person or group.
Shelly Hranka explained, “You need someone in there watching where that money is going, how that money is being spent, watching the assets, the buildings, the cars and make sure nothing walks away.” She adds, “It’s important to have someone independent to watch whats going on.”
On Thursday during the Tazewell County rotary meeting, the board chairman David Zimmerman said he believes it’s important for an auditor to have the right training.
“We’ve been talking about it for 12 years. this was just an opportune time to do this,” said Zimmerman. He adds, “We’ve talked to Lake County they don’t have an auditor, they use there finance department. We’ve talked to Kendal County and there are counties who are much larger than ours without an elected auditor.”