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State Auditor/Inspector Burrage to Speak at Oct 12 Meeting

posted Oct 3, 2010, 9:24 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Oct 3, 2010, 9:30 PM ]
State Auditor and Inspector Stephen Burrage will share his thoughts on the need to be “vigilant on behalf of taxpayers” at the next meeting of the Canadian County Democrats at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 12.

The public is invited to attend the free event at Canadian Valley Technology Center, located at 6506 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno.

Burrage was appointed Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector by Governor Brad Henry on July 10, 2008.
Less than a year after making the appointment, Governor Henry said, "Steve has restored public confidence and returned integrity to the Office of the State Auditor."
Called a “straight shooter” by The Oklahoman, Burrage is the first Certified Public Account (CPA) in30 years and only the third CPA in state history to hold this office.
 
Burrage, who has more than 30 years of accounting and banking experience, is running for a full-term as state auditor and Inspector.
 
“I want to continue working for the people of Oklahoma to make sure the office is run in a highly professional, trustworthy manner so that taxpayers’ dollars are spent properly and free from waste, fraud, and abuse,” Burrage said.”

Burrage started an educational program that enables him to teach techniques and practices that help boards, agencies, and organizations protect their organizations from waste, fraud and abuse.

“For me, it’s simple,” Burrage said.” Know what you’re authorizing. Document every step. Reconcile the books, report errors, put your policies into practice and segregate the authority in the process. We know how to keep fraud, waste and abuse from getting out of hand. A board’s first act should be to eliminate the opportunity for it to happen.”

Burrage earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1975. After passing his CPA exam, he returned to his hometown of Antlers. to work as a sole practitioner for a year before forming the CPA firm Burgess and Burrage in 1977.
In 1982, he began a second career as president and chief executive officer of FirstBank of Antlers, growing that company from 15 to 100 employees and from one to three locations.
 
Burrage and his wife Roberta have three sons, Mike, Mark and Bradley. A member of First United Methodist Church in Antlers, Burrage has served on its Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Town of Antlers Board of Trustees, the Antlers School Board and is a member and past president of the Antlers Chapter of the Lions Club. 
 
“Stephen Burrage is respected in Oklahoma for restoring integrity to the State Auditor and Inspector’s Office,” Canadian County Democrats Chair Jody Harlan said. “Our members asked that we invite him to speak to our group, and we hope lots of visitors will come out to meet him on Oct 12.” 
 
The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tues. of each month (except Dec.) at Canadian Valley Technology Center.  For more information, call 354-3189 or visit http://www.canadiancodems.org/.
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