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Commissioners approve changes to internal audit process

Lawrenceville, Ga. – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday adopted two charters – one to formally authorize the Office of Internal Audit and another to create an internal audit committee.

The adoption will enhance the County’s current internal audit functions and follow best practices recommended by the Government Finance Officers Association.

The Office of Internal Audit will provide independent, objective assurance and advisory services designed to add value and improve Gwinnett County’s operations.The office will report directly to the Board of Commissioners and audit committee and administratively to the county administrator.  

“Gwinnett County has a long history of recognizing the importance of the internal function, hiring its first internal auditor over 35 years ago,” Board Chairman Charlotte Nash said. “The measures we have taken today support our commitment to be transparent and accountable for the use of public funds.” 

The audit committee will serve as an advisor to the Board of Commissioners and oversee the County’s internal and external audit functions. Seven members will serve on the committee, including two members of the Board of Commissioners, county administrator, a representative of the constitutional offices/separately elected officials, an internal auditor or CPA, a local government practitioner outside of Gwinnett County Government, and the County’s chief financial officer/finance director.