Karl Keith, Montgomery County Auditor, was elected and sworn in as President to the County Auditors Association of Ohio (CAAO) by Oberlin Municipal Court Judge Thomas Januzzi during a ceremony in Columbus on Wednesday, November 28th. Keith will serve a one-year term as CAAO President in 2013.
"I am honored and grateful to serve as the 2013 President of the CAAO. As Auditors, our work sustains communities and we serve at a time when that work is challenged. What we do is threatened by a lack of understanding regarding the work we do and the important roles we play," Keith said, "Over the years, the CAAO has been very proactive in striving to close this gap, but the challenge remains. It is my hope as CAAO President that we continue to engage in efforts to eliminate the mystery, to better communicate the value of what we do and to make government work in this new information age."
The CAAO includes all 88 Ohio County Auditors. The association was established to promote and protect the interests of the taxpayers of Ohio and to improve the administration of county government. Among other activities, the association works with the Ohio General Assembly to offer legislative initiatives that assist County Auditors in carrying out their duties.
Keith is currently in the middle of serving his third term as Montgomery County Auditor having been re-elected in 2010. In addition to his upcoming service as CAAO President, Keith additionally serves on the organization’s Executive Committee, Property Tax and Valuation Committee, as well as the Future Directions Committee. Keith has also been recognized as a Distinguished County Auditor and received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) completed in 2011.