WSACA is an organization of county auditors who are recognized experts and trusted professionals in the areas of elections, licensing, recording and finance.
The office of auditor is a constitutional elected office that must exist in every Washington State county. The auditor’s duties are diverse and wide-ranging. In most counties, the auditor performs four major functions: ex-officio supervisor of elections and voter registration, recording and maintenance of permanent county records, licensing of vehicles and vessels, and financial services.
There are some variations in small counties and charter counties. For example, by charter, King County has eliminated the office of auditor and replaced it with several appointed officials and one elected Director of Elections.
To foster a cohesive, collaborative group through continuing education, a high standard of conduct, and professionalism.
2023-24 WSACA Officers
Lori Larsen was first elected as the Stevens County Auditor in 2018, arriving in this position after a varied education and career that includes a degree in counseling, a nearly-completed doctorate in public policy and administration, and a history of online public school administration, legislative advocacy and service as a school board director.
With her husband Paul, Lori has five children, ages 16 to 25, as well as a son-in-law and daughter-in-law. Paul is a physician in Chewelah, Washington, and together Lori and Paul have participated in a wide array of service to the young people of their community, including as youth group and scout leaders. In addition, they are local coordinators for high school foreign exchange students and have hosted sixteen young people from five countries.
Lori was recently appointed to the United States Election Assistance Commission Standards Board by Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, and in 2021 completed High Performance Leadership Training provided by the National Association of Counties. She is pleased to continue to serve.
Chandra Schumacher was appointed Lincoln County Auditor in September 2021.
Chandra grew up in a small farming community in Lincoln County. While driving hay and wheat trucks she dreamed of making a difference in her community by going into government. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in Accounting and quickly passed her CPA exam. She then started her career in Seattle at Clark Nuber and moved back home to assist with the financial management of Odessa Union Grain Growers and was part of the consolidation from Odessa Union into AgVentures NW. Chandra then moved to the Chief Budget Officer for Eastern Washington University Foundation for 10 years to better serve students at EWU.
Chandra has been married to her husband Jason for twenty years. They have one son Maddox who is currently attending Davenport High School.
Garth Fell was elected Snohomish County Auditor in 2019 after 24 years serving in county government. Garth began his career in local government records but redirected to election administration in 1999. He has administered nearly 100 elections including 6 presidential elections, mostly in management and executive management roles. He has a passion for ensuring elections are accessible, accountable, accurate, and secure.
Garth is a graduate of the University of Washington and a nationally Certified Elections and Registration Administrator through Auburn University and the National Association of Election Officials (the Election Center). Garth currently serves on the U.S. Elections Assistance Local Leadership Council and the Washington State Recording Standards Commission.
Garth lives in Edmonds, Washington with his school-teacher wife Sarah. They have three adult children and enjoy being outdoors hiking, gardening, and catching as much sunlight as the Pacific Northwest provides.
Pend Oreille County
Principles for Evaluating Legislative Proposals
- The intents of the bill, both stated and unstated, are identifiable.
- Those intents are achievable within available resources and timeframes.
- The implications for implementation are identifiable.
- Possible unintended consequences of the bill do not violate other core principles.
- Proposed legislation maintains or improves access to the services and information we provide according to statutory requirements.
- Legislation is developed by including all members of WSACA.
- Proposed legislation maintains or improves our level of customer service.
- If any additional costs are incurred as a result of proposed legislation, funding for those costs is provided for.
Rationality in Fees
- Fees should relate to the services provided.
- Increases in fees should relate to the costs of providing the services.
- Additional services should be accompanied by additional compensation.
- Proposed legislation maintains or improves citizens’ confidence in services we provide.