County Council seeks citizen member for Performance Audit Committee

The Pierce County Council seeks applicants to fill one position on the Performance Audit Committee, which studies county programs in an effort to improve economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

The committee meets eight to 10 times a year to decide what should be audited, plan specific audits, acquire audit contractors through an RFP process, hear audit reports, and make recommendations for action to the County Council and County Executive.

Most meetings are held on the final Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m., with occasional evening meetings.

Recent studies include an evaluation of Pierce County Jail operations, the county’s approach to information technology, and safety and claims management practices. Audit reports since 1998 are posted at

The committee has six members: Councilmembers Joyce McDonald, Dan Roach and Rick Talbert; Gary Robinson, director of the Budget and Finance Department; and two “at large” members who are appointed by the County Council and represent the public. The committee has one staff member who plans and conducts audits and works with audit contractors.

The ideal citizen member is interested in serving the public through more efficient and effective local government, and recognizes the value of sufficient and appropriate evidence and auditor independence. Effective committee members will have an interest and ability to work with other members. Most important, committee members should see performance audits as a useful tool for oversight of county government.

The position does not include monetary compensation.

There are three ways to apply:

  • Call William Vetter, senior legislative analyst, at (253) 798-2330.
  • By email at
  • Or by U.S. mail addressed to: William Vetter, Pierce County Performance Audit Office, 930 Tacoma Ave. South, Room 1046, Tacoma, WA  98402.

The application should include a brief resume, a letter explaining your interest and what you think performance audits can accomplish, and three personal references. Please mention any specific audit topics in which you might be interested.

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