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About Us

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. And in some small counties, the office of county clerk has been combined with county auditor.

Mission Statement

To foster a cohesive, collaborative group through continuing education, a high standard of conduct, and professionalism.

2022-23 WSACA Officers

Darla McKay

President

Darla McKay serves as Asotin County Auditor (2011 – present).

Darla started her employment in the Asotin County Auditor’s Office in February of 2005. She was hired as a Department of Licensing/Real Estate Recording Clerk and was promoted to Administrative Assistant to the Auditor within a few months. Prior to being employed in the Auditor’s Office, Darla managed a number of local restaurants for fourteen years in the Lewis Clark Valley.

In 2018, Darla was honored by then Secretary of State Kim Wyman with the County Auditor of the Year award in recognition and appreciation for outstanding service in elections for Washington State.

Darla has been married to her husband Dean for twenty-eight years. Together they have two sons and a grandson.

Lori Larsen

Vice President

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 15 to 24, as well as a son-in-law and daughter-in-law. Paul is a physician in Chewelah, Washington, and together Paul and Lori have participated in a wide arrange of service to the young people of their community, including as youth group and scout leaders.  In addition, Paul and Lori are local coordinators for high school foreign exchange students and have hosted fifteen 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.

Paddy McGuire

Treasurer

Paddy McGuire was elected Mason County Auditor in 2018.  Previously, McGuire served as Deputy Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the Pentagon agency charged with ensuring that Service members, their families, and citizens living overseas get to vote.  McGuire had previously served as Oregon Deputy Secretary of State, implementing Vote by Mail statewide, and as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the United States Department of the Interior. 

McGuire is a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and has a certificate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  He is the lead author for “Direct Democracy: The International IDEA Handbook” published by the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Administration in Stockholm, Sweden.  McGuire is an avid road and trail bicyclist.  He is a past president of the Shelton Rotary Club and the Hamilton College Alumni Association. 

Chandra Schumacher

Secretary

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.  

NORTHWEST DISCTRICT

Paul Andrews

Kitsap County

CENTRAL

Brenda Chilton

Benton County

SOUTHWEST

Carolyn Fundingsland

Cowlitz County

EASTERN

Marianne Nichols

Pend Oreille County

WACO Representative

Thad Duvall

Douglas County

Principles for Evaluating Legislative Proposals

Practicality

  • 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.

Accessibility

  • Proposed legislation maintains or improves access to the services and information we provide according to statutory requirements.

Inclusivity

  • Legislation is developed by including all members of WSACA.

Customer Service

  • 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.

Integrity

  • Proposed legislation maintains or improves citizens’ confidence in services we provide.