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Cathy Saderlund Woman of the Year

Cathy Saderlund 2018 Woman of the Year, County’s 2017 Financial Reports Earn Awards

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (November 20, 2018) – On October 26, 2018, before the United States Congress, John Garamendi formally honored Cathy Saderlund, Lake County’s Auditor-Controller/County Clerk as “California’s Third District Woman of the Year,” for, “Extraordinary efforts during the eight wildfire disasters Lake County faced over the past four fire seasons,” noting that she, “Repeatedly exceeded expectations,” and, “Her value to the community in managing the enormous costs of these disasters cannot be overstated.”  

“Cathy and I have worked together for many years, and I have known very few individuals with her depth of commitment to serving her position with quality and integrity,” relates Rob Brown, District 5 Supervisor.  “Her contributions every day are exceptional, and her excellence in her role has enabled the County government to have clear understanding of our finances.  Congressman Garamendi’s recognition is exciting, and very appropriate given the work Cathy does all the time to keep us on track.”

The County of Lake is also proud to announce that our 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.  Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Lake County’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure.”  Award-winning reports clearly communicate their financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

“This recognition is particularly meaningful given the enormous workloads our financial offices have faced over the past year,” notes Brown.

Additionally, on the strength of Saderlund’s leadership, the County earned the California State Controller’s Award for Counties Financial Transactions Reporting, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

In a letter, State Controller, Betty T. Yee, stated, “Lake County’s excellence in reporting helps SCO produce accurate and useful government financial data which is relied upon by policymakers, journalists, researchers and many other Californians.”  Yee continued, “I am grateful for your contribution to the quality and transparency of public funds.”

“One of the key tenets of our County’s Purpose Statement is maintaining transparency, accountability and quality service,” affirms County Administrative Officer, Carol J. Huchingson.  “Our Auditor-Controller’s office and the 2017 CAFR embody those values, thanks to the uncommon dedication of Cathy Saderlund and her staff.  We could not be more thrilled that their efforts have been recognized.”

Saderlund and her staff’s remarkable achievements were formally recognized by the Lake County Board of Supervisors’ at their November 20 meeting.  Please join in congratulating Cathy Saderlund, and all of the staff members who work every day to ensure Lake County’s financial reports are accurate, transparent, and accessible to the reader.