May 27, 2020

Dear Multnomah County community members,

I issued my original audit schedule for 2020 in January. That feels like years ago.

Since then, every person in our county has been impacted in ways large and small by the COVID-19 pandemic. My heart goes out in sympathy to those who have lost loved ones. I am full of gratitude to all county employees who participated in the county’s response to the pandemic, to all first responders, and to everyone who provided essential services from pharmacists to grocery store workers to delivery workers. Thank you, also, to everyone who performed a public service by staying home.  

In my March newsletter, I shared that the audit schedule would be altered because of the pandemic. Now that we are in the process of re-opening, I am issuing this revised audit schedule.

My office will post this schedule on the County Auditor website, my government official Facebook page (@AuditorJenniferMcGuirk), and Twitter (@MultAuditor). I invite you to reach out to me at any time with questions or concerns about this schedule or any other County-related matters.

Thank you,

Jennifer McGuirk, MPA, CIA

Multnomah County Auditor

Cc:         Deborah Kafoury, County Chair

              Sharon Meieran, Commissioner District 1

              Susheela Jayapal, Commissioner District 2

              Jessica Vega Pederson, Commissioner District 3

              Lori Stegmann, Commissioner District 4

              Michael Reese, County Sheriff

              Rod Underhill, District Attorney

              Peggy Brey, Interim County Chief Operating Officer


Calendar Year 2020 Audit Schedule

(As of May 27, 2020)

Status of projects listed on January 2020 schedule

In process

  • County jail conditions
  • County financial condition 2020 – this is a retrospective report that captures information on the county’s pre-pandemic financial position

Affected by county’s pandemic response

  • Put on hold
    • Accessing housing and homeless services
      • Report to be issued on observations from the audit’s preliminary stage

  • Deferred
    • The audit of adult care homes and facilities will be deferred


  • 2020 county ethical culture survey


New project

Audit of County’s response to COVID-19 pandemic – service continuity and preparations for resurgence

Other Items of Note

  • Peer review of Auditor’s Office: The Association of Local Government Auditors postponed all peer reviews during the pandemic. Our peer review will be rescheduled.

  • 2020 Salary Commission: County Charter requires the Auditor to appoint a volunteer, five-person Salary Commission each even year to determine the salaries of all county elected officials, except for the Auditor. The Commission concluded its work in April; the report is available here