By RYAN DUNN
State Auditor Dave Yost understands that many Ohioans do not know what his office does.
Yost on Monday used his platform as Findlay Rotary Club speaker to detail his office’s financial oversight.
“The vast majority of public employees are honest and hardworking and got into it because they wanted to make their community a better place,” Yost said. “Our office is here for the rest.”
The auditor’s office inspects the financial reports of 5,800 public entities, conducts efficiency audits for governments, and identifies misuse of public funds.
The office has discovered $14.2 million in stolen and misspent money since 2011, he said.
“That’s good for Ohio, folks,” Yost said.
Performance audits encourage public offices to be as efficient as small businesses, he said.
“Anybody ever hear of a government going out of business? No, we just ask for more money,” Yost said.
Yost praised Hancock County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg for her office’s “exemplary” work and clean audits.
Yost also touted a smartphone application that allows users to easily report fraud. The tipster is asked to provide information and attach a photograph or video.
Public employees with concerns about their communities have provided excellent leads into government waste, he said.
“We’re looking for an army of citizen auditors,” he said.
Another state official, Treasurer Josh Mandel, also visited Findlay on Monday and recognized an area manufacturing employee for his work.
Mandel presented an “Ohio Strong” award to Scott Wasserman and praised him for his contributions to Findlay Machine and Tool.
Mandel said the “Ohio Strong” award aims to honor such employees and inspire young people to enter the manufacturing field.
“You have a whole generation of young people with a lot of college debt,” Mandel said. “Many of them have four-year liberal arts degrees, but they’re working at Starbucks or retail at the mall.”
Future nominations for the award can be made through ohiotreasurer.gov.
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