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Chaves County given audit award

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Chaves County officials and staff accept an Audit Accountability Award Jan. 18 during a legislative conference in Santa Fe. New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson, in back row, selects recipients along with the New Mexico Association of Counties. In the front row from left are Susan Flores with NMAC, Chaves County Assistant Finance Director Anabel Barraza, Chaves County DWI Coordinator Lucia Serrano, Chaves County Treasurer Charlotte Andrade, Chaves County Bureau Elections Chief Cindy Fuller and Chaves County Clerk Dave Kunko. (Submitted Photo)

Chaves County has received an Audit Accountability Award, the second time it has been recognized for efforts involving its financial audits.

The recent award presented Jan. 18 in Santa Fe honored the county for having unmodified opinions and no findings in 2016, according to a news release by the nonprofit New Mexico Association of Counties, which selects award recipients along with New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson.

An unmodified opinion is the best opinion that can be given, the news release stated, and means that the financial statements are presented fairly in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practices.

The recognition has been given since 2011 to recognize 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, the news release stated. In addition, an award is given to the most improved county.

Other counties receiving recognition for outstanding audits this year were Dona Ana, Curry, Los Alamos, Guadalupe and Quay. Roosevelt County received the most improved award.

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