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South King Fire and Rescue undergoes annual financial audit

South King Fire and Rescue is undergoing an audit this month.

The audit is a part of a regular review of the department’s financial practices and finances conducted by the Washington State Auditor’s Office every year.

“We have worked hard to be financially transparent,” Chief Financial Officer David Lawson said in a release. “We want our taxpayers to know that we are fiscally responsible.”

The Washington State Auditor’s office conducted an audit in 2008 for the 2007 fiscal year. In its most recent report, it confirmed the integrity and compliance of the fire department’s internal control were sufficient to safeguard public assets. No findings or management letter items were reported.

Taxpayers are invited to review the 2007 report by stopping in to Station 62, 31617 1st Ave. South, Federal Way, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The department has made a push over the last few years to become financially transparent, following the conviction of its former chief financial officer for embezzlement. The department was able to retrieve the taxpayer money and has since employed several safety checks to ensure that doesn't happen again.

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