Los Alamos County Receives Audit Accountability Award

County Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio, center, NMAC President/Otero County Commissioner Susan Flores, left of Perraglio, and State Auditor Wayne Johnson, right of Perraglio. Courtesy/LAC


The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) and State Auditor Wayne Johnson have selected Los Alamos County as the recipient of one of its annual Audit Accountability Awards. County Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio was there to accept the award last week at NMAC’s Legislative Conference.

The awards are given in recognition to large, mid-size, and small counties that have done outstanding work on their audits, submitted their audits in a timely manner, and have sustained excellence with the highest audit opinions. In addition, an award is given to the most improved county.

Los Alamos County received unmodified opinions with zero findings in 2016. An unmodified opinion is the best opinion that can be given, and means that the financial statements are presented fairly in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This is the third time Los Alamos County has won the Audit Accountability Award since the inception of the awards in 2011.

Doña Ana, Curry, Chaves, Guadalupe, Quay and Roosevelt Counties also received the award.

“These awards highlight the efforts of counties to be good stewards of public monies. More importantly, they show a commitment to excellence that has a direct and tangible benefit to the people they serve,” Johnson said.

“These counties are to be commended for their fiscal responsibility and high level of accountability. Receiving this award is an outstanding accomplishment,” NMAC Executive Director Steve Kopelman said.”

The New Mexico Association of Counties is a non-profit, nonpartisan association representing and serving New Mexico’s 33 counties. As a professional association of county elected officials and employees. NMAC supports and promotes the idea that all county elected officials and professional county employees should have the opportunity to act together to solve problems and to work for the progress of county governments in New Mexico. NMAC provides numerous programs and services to counties including legislative representation, self-insurance, legal assistance and professional development. Contact Susan Mayes at 505.469.0042 or smayes@nmcounties.org or for more information and updates on events, programs and other initiatives, visit www.nmcounties.org.