Warren-Newport Public Library District
Lake County, Illinois
Board of Trustees
Adopted: March 19, 2013
Reviewed/Revised: July 19, 2016; April 23, 2019
The Board of Trustees of the Warren-Newport Public Library District (WNPLD) recognizes that
an audit is an important tool for understanding and managing risk. This policy guides the Board
of Trustees in its use.
ARTICLE 1. PURPOSE
The audit process is the Board’s means of assessing, on behalf of WNPLD’s resident taxpayers
and regulators, the quality of the Executive Director’s presentation of WNPLD’s annual financial
statements and the quality of the Executive Director’s assessment of WNPLD’s past
performance. In this context, quality means a measure of the level of risk that the Board will
assume if they base decisions on those assertions of the Executive Director.
The audit also gathers information the Board needs to assess and manage risk in the areas of
the financial strength and financial management of WNPLD, of financial controls, and of asset
existence, ownership, and valuation.
To accomplish these tasks, the Board engages a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to audit the
accuracy of the annual financial statements.
ARTICLE 2. PRACTICES
The Board shall act as the Audit Committee.
The Board will select the independent auditors to be engaged by WNPLD, establish the audit
fees of the independent auditors, and pre-approve any non-audit services provided by the
independent auditors before the services are rendered. It will also review with WNPLD
management and the independent auditors both WNPLD’s annual financial statements,
including related footnotes, and the report of the independent auditors’ audit of the financial
WNPLD will engage an independent auditing firm for a period of no longer than eight (8) years.
When the Board decides to select a new auditing firm, the President will form an Audit Firm
Search Committee to research possible auditing firms. This Committee shall include the
Treasurer, two (2) other Trustees, the Executive Director, and the Business Manager. If no
Trustees are CPAs, the Board shall seek out a CPA to serve as an advisor to the Audit Firm
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Search Committee. At the conclusion of their search, the Audit Firm Search Committee will
recommend one (1) auditing firm to the Board. The outgoing auditing firm will not be eligible to
be reengaged for a period of five (5) years.
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