A press release from former McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer’s top assistant:
SHANNON TERESI, A SHINING EXAMPLE OF GOOD GOVERNMENT, RUNNING FOR THE MCHENRY COUNTY AUDITOR POSITION
[CRYSTAL LAKE, ILLINOIS, FEBRUARY 2018]— Shannon Teresi, a Republican candidate and Crystal Lake resident, is announcing her candidacy and campaign for the McHenry County Auditor position in the upcoming November election.
Teresi is a qualified candidate for the position due to her extensive background and knowledge of the office’s responsibilities.
She is uniquely qualified for the role, working as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Internal Auditor (CIA) and Public Accountant (CPA) for the last eight years in the office of former McHenry County Elected Auditor, Pam Palmer.
After Palmer announced her retirement to McHenry County Board members on December 5, 2017, it created a vacancy in the Auditor’s Office that will be temporarily appointed by the McHenry County Board on March 19th until the November 2018 election.
Teresi decided to announce her candidacy and campaign for the position due to her vast knowledge and experience.
“I am a strong believer in the importance of maintaining an elected independent County Auditor that is voted on by the taxpayers and is a watchdog for fraud, waste and abuse,” Teresi said.
“Elected auditors have statutory rights to access all files and records at the county.
“It would be almost impossible to do audits of the County Board and administration expenses being hired and fired by the board.”
“To have a Certified Fraud Examiner as your County Auditor would be a slam dunk for the taxpayers.
“I believe all decisions in the Auditor’s Office should be objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, non-ideological, fair and balanced.
“That is my promise to the taxpayers if elected,” Teresi stated.
Teresi, who also received her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting at Northern Illinois University, said her goals for the office would be to increase the focus and number of reported audits from the internal audit function and move towards a paperless bill approval process.
The Auditor’s Office duties currently are financial reporting and accounting, payables and internal auditing.
Teresi is currently providing interim leadership in the Auditor’s Office while maintaining her Financial Reporting Manager role until the County Auditor position appointment.
“It is important that the individual serving as McHenry County Auditor has government accounting and auditing experience,” Teresi said.
“With eight years in the Auditor’s Office assisting with all responsibilities, I have the knowledge and background this county needs to get the job done and get it done correctly and efficiently.”
Teresi was instrumental in preparing the county’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for Fiscal Year 2016, which received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Awards.
Teresi has consistently proven to the county that she has the knowledge, dedication and work ethic required to fulfill the position at a high level.
The county has also begun a major Countywide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project that will reshape its business processes within the next year.
“The County Auditor serves as the core team member for the project,” Teresi said.
“It is imperative that the individual has county experience and the educational background to ensure this high-risk project is successful.
“I am currently serving as a core team member and I am a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the project as well.”
Teresi is a lifelong McHenry County resident, raised in Marengo and currently residing in Crystal Lake.
As a taxpayer in McHenry County, Teresi said she is vested in ensuring the McHenry County Auditor’s Office is a shining example of good government.
For more information on Shannon Teresi’s Campaign for McHenry County Auditor, contact Shannon Teresi at 815-245-4626 or e-mail her at Shannonteresi@gmail.com
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McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has the statutory authority to appoint a person to fill the slot of County Audito until whoever wins the fall election takes office in early December. That appointment would have to be approved by a majority of the M