BLOUNTVILLE — The Sullivan County Commission appears poised to do something state auditors have asked the county to do for some time: create an audit committee.
The committee will meet with state auditors as the county’s finances and bookkeeping are audited each year.
Sullivan County’s lack of an audit committee isn’t unusual when compared to other Northeast Tennessee counties, Sullivan County Accounts and Budget Director William Anderson told the County Commission’s Budget Committee last week.
Anderson said of the nine counties in the region, audited by the same team of state auditors as Sullivan County, only one currently has an audit committee.
The state has been pushing counties to create audit committees and has made the suggestion in past audits of Sullivan County.
Longtime Budget Committee Chairman Eddie Williams — re-elected to that role last week for the coming budget development process — is lead sponsor of the resolution calling for creation of an audit committee. It is co-sponsored by commissioners Cathy Armstrong and Bryan Boyd.
A copy of a letter from the state Comptroller of the Treasury, to County Mayor Steve Godsey and dated Jan. 2, also has been distributed to county commissioners.
In it, the state signs off on the resolution as having closely followed a state-supplied template for such a resolution. It also says the resolution adequately defines the responsibilities and duties of the audit committee.
As proposed, Sullivan County’s audit committee will consist of three members — the chairman of each of the commission’s three primary committees. The resolution is listed as “first reading” on the full commission’s agenda for Jan. 21.