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.
To foster a cohesive, collaborative group through continuing education, a high standard of conduct, and professionalism.
2021-22 WSACA Officers
Shoona Riggs serves as the Clallam County Auditor (2015 – Present).
Shoona has over twenty-nine combined years working in both Clallam and Jefferson County Auditor’s Offices. Prior to her election as Clallam County Auditor, Shoona was the Chief Deputy/Elections Supervisor for Clallam County for eight years. She has worked in all divisions of the Auditor’s Office; Elections, Licensing, Recording, and Finance. She is a former Washington State Delegate to the International Association of Government Officials (iGO). She is currently a member of the National Association of Election Officials and is working towards her certification as a Certified Elections Registration Administrator through the Election Center.
Shoona and spouse have five children and have been devoted foster parents to abused and neglected children for many years.
WSACA Vice 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.
Last year, Darla was honored by 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-five years. Together they have two sons. Their oldest son Brady is Junior at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he is studying accounting. Ian is the McKay’s youngest son and is a senior at Asotin High School. Ian plans to break his mother’s heart by attending the University of Washington, majoring in Actuarial Science.
Paddy McGuire is the Mason County Auditor. He oversees elections, manages the recording of documents and motor vehicle licensing, and is involved in county finance. He was elected County Auditor in 2018. Previously, McGuire served as Deputy Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the Department of Defense 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 has also held positions at the Bonneville Power Administration and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and several private companies involved in elections.
McGuire is married to Vikki McGuire, who works for the Washington State Senate. They live on Harstine Island, Washington. They have a daughter who works in corporate finance in Houston. 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.
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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.