Letter: Davies: Auditing qualifications matter


Editor:

Qualifications and experience matter when electing Delaware’s next State Auditor. The State Auditor is responsible for state government auditing and investigating. This requires experience, skills, professional knowledge and practical application specific to the elected position. State Auditor is not a position that can be “learned on the job.”

I am uniquely qualified for the Office of Auditor of Accounts, with more than 25 years of public service specific to the profession of government auditing and investigating. My promotions from entry-level auditor came through hard work and a proven record of delivering fact-based, reliable reports.

I have earned and maintained my Certified Public Accountant (CPA-PA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Government Audit Professional (CGAP) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) credentials. I recognize that these certifications are only pieces of paper hanging in frames without my practical experience and desire to further the cause of good government through my professional work.

I was brought to the Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts as the second-in-command due to my professional experience and national participation on various government audit committees and workgroups. I am an experienced manager, having worked in a union-represented state audit office with more than 500 auditors. I have supported and advocate for public employees’ rights.

In some cases, my work has resulted in criminal prosecution. While there will always be a need for fraud investigation, I will advocate for fraud prevention and actively participate in training that supports good fiscal operations for the various entities that collect and receive state funds.

My goals are to ensure timely completion of audit mandates; to support the elimination of significant noncompliance, fraud and waste based on clearly defined criteria; to perform follow-up of prior unresolved findings and recommendations; and to provide program evaluation and process recommendations that support government transparency and good government.

On a personal note, I live in Dover with my husband, Jerry, who is retired from 20 years of active-duty service in the Air Force. He currently serves as the union president for the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1709, at Dover Air Force Base. We have three children and four grandchildren.

In the end, no amount of technology, contracting or delegating that can replace experience, leadership and management specific to the field of state auditing and investigating. As you research the candidates, please consider the need for state auditing qualifications and experience prior to the upcoming elections.

I humbly ask for your vote in the Thursday, Sept. 6, primary.

Kathleen Davies
Candidate for Delaware Auditor of Accounts