Tara Hazelbaker, CPA, CIA
The mission of the Department is to promote honest, efficient, effective, economical, and fully accountable and transparent parish government. To fulfill this mission, the Department shall perform audit and non-audit engagements of any parish department, program, service, or activity as approved by the parish council. The purpose of these engagements is to provide the council, administration, the residents of Jefferson Parish, and other stakeholders with independent and objective analysis as to whether management is using its financial, physical, and informational resources effectively, efficiently, economically, ethically, and equitably, and in compliance with laws, regulations, contract and grant requirements, and parish policies and procedures. Engagements and other internal audit activities shall be conducted under the following standards:
- The standards and code of ethics produced by the Institute of Internal Auditors and published in the Professional Practices Framework;
- The standards and principles produced by the Government Accountability Office and published in the Government Auditing Standards; and
- The professional and ethical standards issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
[JP Code of Ordinances, Sec. 2-162(b)]
The Department of Internal Audit strives to go above and beyond, uphold the mission set forth by the Ordinance, and maximize the value of services to the Parish Council, Parish Administration, and the Citizens of Jefferson Parish.
The Director reports functionally to the Parish Council and administratively to the Parish President (or designee) for day-to-day operational purposes limited to (i) human resource administration, (ii) expense approvals, (iii) leave approvals, and (iv) acquisition of office supplies.