In the past administration, three commissioners left their jobs amid scandal. One resigned in lieu of being indicted, one reached a plea deal to serve probation and a third was found guilty of bribery and sent to prison.
Woods said previously that internal auditing would help mitigate risk by looking closely at the county’s internal controls. Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said in a statement that the move supports the county’s commitment “to be transparent and accountable for the use of public funds.”
Gwinnett’s internal auditor will be expected to conduct financial, compliance, performance and other audits for all of the county’s departments and programs. Woods said previously that an auditor would have to come up with a schedule of what to investigate, but also be flexible enough to take on issues as they came up.
Commissioners praised the effort, including the seven-member audit committee that would serve as a balance against the audit employees. Woods, too, said it is important for an independent investigator to keep an eye on the county.
“It’s a good thing to do,” she said.