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DECISION 2018: Okanogan County Auditor



Randy Gates

(Prefers Republican Party)

Age: 51

City/town: Omak

Why are you the best choice?

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Randy Gates

I possess experience, leadership and a love of Okanogan County life. Working ten years in the Okanogan County Auditor office including vehicle licensing supervisor I have the experience. Served as local youth soccer club president, referee coordinator, referee and coach providing great leadership for our youth. My past work experiences include: public service director, supervisor, manager and assistant manager positions. Born and raised in the Okanogan with family history from Chesaw to Conconully and Oroville to Brewster with a love of hunting, fishing, camping, wood cutting and boating to name a few of the great activities I enjoy.

What sets you apart from your opponent?

A strong background in vehicle licensing and excellent customer service skills. The current Okanogan County Auditor also has working knowledge in vehicle licensing, but my opponent does not. One of the busiest departments I would immediately improve and continue with the current services being available to help from day one in this highly regulated department. I would provide excellent customer service and training opportunities for my employees to better serve our residents of Okanogan County.

What is the biggest challenge your department is facing?

A high employee turnover rate. Customer service is important in a department with vehicle licensing, elections, recording and bookkeeping divisions. Many residents visit the Auditors office each day making our department one of the busiest offices in the county. The jobs are challenging but rewarding and the current turnover rate is too high considering how many resident apply for the positions when open. By working alongside my employees to help with my residents needs, and putting in a full day of work with them, I will provide the leadership and example to make the work load better.



Cari Hall

(Prefers Republican Party)

Age: 48

City/town: Omak

Why are you the best choice?

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Cari Hall

The Auditor is responsible for multiple highly important duties such as reviewing and recording all expenditures of the county, assisting the Board of County Commissioners with monitoring and reporting the budget, financial reporting to the State Auditor’s Office, recording and preserving documents, processing vehicle licensing transactions and overseeing the election process. I believe that the Auditor should have the qualifications in these areas to fulfill the job duties. I have 19 years of experience in finance and accounting management. I also have experience in vehicle licensing, recording and voter’s registration. I am currently the Finance Manager in the Auditor’s office.

What sets you apart from your opponent?

I believe what sets me apart from my opponent is my experience and knowledge in finance. One of the main duties the Auditor is responsible for is monitoring and auditing the finances of the County. Before working in the Auditor’s office, I was the Chief Financial Officer for a local not for profit for 13 years. As the Finance Manger in the Auditor’s office, I coordinate all accounting functions. I have also worked in recording, voter’s registration and licensing. I believe that my experience and knowledge makes me uniquely qualified for the position.

What is the biggest challenge your department is facing?

The biggest challenge that the Auditor’s office is facing is unfunded mandates. One of the new mandates requires additional ballot drop boxes to be placed throughout the county. Although I am in agreement that we need to make it easier for the people to vote, the boxes are expensive and regulations require that two people pick up the ballots during an election. In our large geographic area, this is a huge cost to the taxpayer with no state funding to offset the cost. The challenge will be funding these mandates while we maintain the current level of services.



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