MANSFIELD -- Pat Dropsey takes numbers and rules seriously. As the Richland County auditor, those are crucial traits.
That attention to detail paid off again on Tuesday when his office was again honored with the Ohio Auditor of State Award with Distinction for "excellence in financial reporting related" to the county's comprehensive annual financial report, ended in fiscal year 2018.
"Your exemplary reporting serves as the standard for clean, accountable government, representing the highest level of service to Ohioans," according to the award signed by Ohio Auditor Keith Faber.
It's the third time since 2014 the local auditor's office has earned the recognition.
"It's a pretty big deal, since of the 6,000 entities we audit each year, less than 4 percent receive the award," said Jake Altman, regional liaison from Faber's office.
"It speaks to the determination of every department in the county, and the entire auditor's office, for your commitment to fiscal excellence," said Altman, who presented the award.
"It's worth noting that without the leadership and professionalism of Mr. Dropsey, this just doesn't come around," Altman said.
The award was presented during a Richland County Board of Commissioners' meet with employees from Dropsey's office filling the meeting room.
Dropsey, who has worked in the auditor's office for 28 years and has been the auditor for 18 years, first thanked the county commissioners.
"I want to thank the county commissioners and their fiscal policies they have established and stuck to them. It makes our job in the financial services department so much easier to deal with," Dropsey said.
The long-time local auditor also thanked his employees, other county elected officials and the directors of various county boards for following the financial rules outlined by his office and the state auditor's office.
"Not just one individual or office gets an award like this," he said. "The entire county does participate and the entire county does work with our office and that makes life so much easier when it comes to fiscal efficiency."