Kelvin Soto, Esq.
Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
2 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741
Phone: (407) 742-3500

Chistopher Polke, CGAP, MPA
Chief Audit & Compliance Officer

2 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741
Phone: (407) 742-3500

Jasmin Littles, MSA
Auditor II
2 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741
(407) 742-3500

Phillip Vincent, CIA
Auditor II
2 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741
(407) 742-3500

What To Expect During An Audit

What is an Audit?

An audit is part of the Clerk’s system of checks, balances, and accountability. It is designed to complement other management evaluations and to provide constructive recommendations for enhanced operational performance. It is also a review of a selected program, activity or function which provides management an independent appraisal of whether:

  • Desired results and objectives are achieved efficiently and effectively;
  • Systems are in place to ensure compliance with laws, policies, procedures and regulations; and
  • Financial and operating information is accurate, complete and reliable.

Although the Office of the County Auditor provides other types of services, audits are the most comprehensive and conducted in accordance with statutory requirements and internationally recognized audit standards.

How are Audits Selected?

The Office of the County Auditor works with the Clerk, Clerk personnel, and senior management to develop an annual audit plan that is approved by the Clerk. Audits can be performed as:

  • Required by law;
  • Requested by management; and/or
  • Selected through a risk assessment process.

The Risk Assessment Process can include, but is not limited to:

  • An analysis of department expenditures;
  • An evaluation of the likelihood of financial loss;
  • An analysis of risk appetite and operational controls;
  • A review of significant organization or program changes; and
  • Employee or management concerns.

What if this is a Bad Time?

Before an audit begins, we notify management through an entrance letter, communicating a general purpose of the audit and who will be involved.An entrance meeting is also held with appropriate individuals of the area being audited. The purpose of this meeting is to:

  • Introduce the audit team;
  • Discuss the purpose of the engagement; and;
  • Seek input about the engagement’s direction and scope.;

Following the entrance meeting, auditors will conduct research to develop an understanding of the area being audited and finalize engagement objectives.

During fieldwork, we review processes, conduct tests, and perform other procedures necessary to accomplish our engagement objectives. Fieldwork is the most time-consuming part of the process, as this phase usually includes various activities such as gathering, validating, and evaluating data.Once fieldwork is complete, we will prepare a draft report of observations containing:

  • Background information;
  • Audit purpose, scope and methodology; and
  • Observations and recommendations.

The draft report is then sent for review and approval by the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer and Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller, respectively.

Upon approval of the draft report, there will be an exit conference held with the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer, audit team, and audit client, to discuss the draft report and any noted observations. The audit client will then have the opportunity to prepare a response and an action plan, based on discussions from the exit conference meeting. The audit client will typically have 10 working days to provide to the audit team with their responses and action plans.

How Long do Audits Lasts?

Audits vary in length, depending on the complexity of the engagement and the amount of required research and fieldwork needed to conduct the audit. We will provide management with periodic updates of our progress.

Audit Client Service Survey

In order to improve the services provided by the Office of the County Auditor, we will send client service surveys to management of the audited area for feedback at the conclusion of the audit.

Auditor Standard

Auditors are expected to maintain the highest level of professionalism in their work. Auditors should:

    • Maintain the highest degree of integrity, objectivity and independence in applying professional judgment to all aspects of their work;
    • Use professional judgment in planning, performing, and reporting audit results;
    • Possess an impartial, unbiased attitude;
    • Avoid conflicts of interest in all matters relating to the audit work.
    • Exercise reasonable care and diligence; and
    • Apply the care and skill expected of a reasonably prudent and competent auditor.