Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith was named Ohio’s "Outstanding County Auditor" for 2012 by the County Auditor’s Association of Ohio. Sandusky County Auditor William Farrell, outgoing CAAO President, presented Keith with his award during the Association’s winter conference in Columbus.
Keith said he is honored to receive this award and credited the work he and his staff have done to support other auditors and their statewide association in earning this recognition.
"Working with other auditors through our state association is a rewarding and valuable experience," Keith said. "Sharing our knowledge and expertise benefits other counties and also helps to improve what we do here locally."
Recently installed as president of the CAAO for 2013, Keith has held a number of leadership positions within the auditors association including vice president, chair of the legislative committee, chair of the conference planning and education committee and president of the southwest district auditors association. Additionally, he is a frequent speaker at CAAO conferences and has made presentations on behalf of the CAAO before the County Commissioners Association and the Ohio Township Association.
Keith identified the expansion of the homestead exemption tax break for seniors, the development of a public information program on how property valuations are performed in Ohio and the implementation of the new dangerous dog licensing law as highlights of his involvement with the auditors association.
The "Outstanding County Auditor" award is named after the late Richard J. Makowski, former Geauga County Auditor and CAAO President. It is presented annually to a county auditor who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership, service, cooperation and innovation.
Keith is currently serving his third full term as Montgomery County Auditor.
Date: January 14, 2013