Audio: Auditor Controller Candidate Forum

May 4, 2018

In case you missed any part of the Candidate Forum for the position of Humboldt County Auditor Controller, the full discussion is below. The League of Women Voters held a forum on Thursday, May 3rd and was simulcasted with our partners at PBS North Coast

The two candidates are Mike Lorig, an accountant/auditor with the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services and Karen Paz Dominguez, the current assistant auditor controller for Humboldt County. 

More debates are scheduled for Monday May 7th- 5th District Supervisors for Humboldt County and Tuesday May 8th-Humboldt County Superior Court Judge, Dept. and Wednesday May 9th-4th District Supervisors for Humboldt County. 

The Humboldt County Sample Ballot and Voter Information Guide has more information about candidate Mike Lorig. The information is transcribed below: 

Michael Lorig Qualifications- 38 years working experience in auditing, accounting, and business management: 17 years in government accounting; 19 years in private/public accounting; two years in non-profits. 

Governmental accounting: The past 13 years performing auditing/accounting activities within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), perhaps the most complex organization on the North Coast with annual budgets exceeding $160 million. 

Private/Public accounting: Six years as Director of Internal Audit for a $600 million organization which required specific audit and internal audit training. Eight years as controller/business manager for private enterprises. Three years as accountant in CPA offices. 

Significant Accomplishments- wrote fiscal policies and procedures for DHHS. Secured significant funds and recovered funds because of auditing and accounting experience.  Wrote, implemented and executed internal audit policies and procedures as Director of Internal Audit. Obtained Certified Internal Auditor designation. Prepared and completed multiple years of annual financial audits. 

Throughout his life, Mike has always been known for his honesty, candor, fairness, inquisitiveness and teamwork skills. Mike graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and computer science in 1975. 

Karen Paz Dominguez has information about her qualification on her website. More information is also transcribed below: 

My name is Karen Paz Domínguez and I am running for Auditor-Controller for Humboldt County in 2018. I have been an accountant/auditor for over 5 years and I'm currently serving as the Assistant Auditor-Controller for Humboldt County.

I'm running on a platform that promotes integrity and ethics in the office of the Auditor-Controller, accountability to the residents of Humboldt County, and transparency in decision-making and process.

I graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. While a student at HSU, I received a music performance scholarship from the School of Music, played bassoon for the Humboldt Symphony and trombone for the Jazz Orchestra before making the decision to switch majors to accounting. It was with my parents' unwavering support and encouragement that I was able to achieve that.

After graduating, I pursued a career in accounting and auditing and worked at two local CPA firms serving Humboldt residents and organizations. I regularly participate in accounting-related events to network with other accounting professionals. A room full of accountants? Count me in!

My passion for accounting pales in comparison to my passion for public service. I believe it is up to all of us to create the change we wish to see in the world. I serve by volunteering my time to community efforts directed at improving people's quality of life. Some of the organizations I have volunteered with throughout my 12 years of living in Humboldt County include: North Bay Rotaract, Lost Coast Rotaract, Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise, Rotary Club of Arcata Noon, LatinoNet, Emma Center, CASA of Humboldt, Humboldt Comunidad,    True North, Bayside Grange, and because laughter and fun are crucial to our well-being, Savage Henry Comedy Festival and Make Me Laugh Productions.

A career in accounting and auditing means that I will be a student for the rest of my life. There are new guidelines and regulations every year that I must adhere to. In order to do that, I take very seriously the need to complete Continuing Education requirements to stay up-to-date on all new and updated accounting practices.

I would be remiss if I did not mention my family as they have been and continue to be the source of my inspiration. My husband is the coordinator for the Latinx Center for Academic Excellence at Humboldt State University and my children are learning how to be kind and contributing members of society. It is with their full support that I am running for Auditor-Controller. 

I thank you for taking the time to learn about me and I hope that you will vote for me on June 5th, 2018 to be your next Humboldt County Auditor-Controller.