NEW FRANKLIN  The city's Treasurer's Office recently received the Auditor of State Award for its clean audit report.

New Franklin City Finance Director Susan Cooke received the award at the Sept. 6 city council meeting from Lindsay Kuhn Blair, the North Central Regional Liaison for Ohio Auditor David Yost.

"We are constantly striving to be good stewards of the finances of the citizens of New Franklin," said Cooke, who has worked for New Franklin since 1997 when it was still Franklin Township. "I worked as the Fiscal Officer for Franklin Township for about nine years (until March 2006) through its transition to a village and then into the city. I was hired back again as the Finance Director in March of 2012 and have been here since then."

There are three other employees in the Finance/Administration Department: Diane Snyder, human resources coordinator; Karen Morello, accounting assistant; and Christine Lippincott, accounting assistant. Cooke attributed her staff to the success of the department.

The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entries that receive the award meeting the following criteria of a "clean" audit report.

The entity must file timely financial report with the auditor of state’s office in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

The audit report does not contain any finings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit finings or questions costs.

The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to: ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000; lack of timely report submission; reconciliation; failure to obtain a timely single audition, findings for recovery less than $100; public meetings or public records.

No other financial or other concerns exist that involve eligible entity 

The city of New Franklin had a population of approximately 15,000 residents and an annual budget of nearly $12.6 million.