Shores to retain its auditor despite switching firms

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 30, 2018

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Although it might be working with a firm of a different name, Grosse Pointe Shores will be retaining its auditor for at least the next few years.

The Shores — which had been working with the auditing firm of Abraham & Gaffney P.C. since 2009 — signed a new, three-year deal with the firm of Stevens, Kirinovic & Tucker P.C.

CPA Aaron M. Stevens, a government principal with Abraham & Gaffney, is one of the partners with Stevens, Kirinovic & Tucker, and he will continue to work on the Shores audit.

During a Jan. 16 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of the three-year agreement, which covers the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018; June 30, 2019; and June 30, 2020. The audit fee will be $20,500 this year, $20,900 in 2019 and $21,300 in 2020 — an increase of $400 per year. That’s the same increase the former auditors with Abraham & Gaffney proposed and received for their last three-year contract with the Shores; that contract had been valid through the 2017-18 fiscal year, but the formation of the new auditing firm last summer resulted in the Shores inking a new contract now.

“All of the members of the Finance Committee reviewed (the contract),” said City Councilman Robert Gesell, who serves on that committee. “It’s a nominal increase. … We recommend that we go with it.”

Like Gesell, Finance Officer/Treasurer Rhonda Ricketts recommended using Stevens, Kirinovic & Tucker for the audit.

“(City Manager) Mark (Wollenweber) and I and the rest of the staff work well with this auditing firm,” she told the council.

Stevens, Kirinovic & Tucker has offices in East Lansing and Grand Rapids. According to its website, the firm “specializes in governmental and nonprofit audit and serves approximately 60 nonprofit organizations and more than 180 governmental entities including libraries, counties, cities, townships, villages, school districts, health departments, road commissions, district and circuit courts, local authorities and agencies, and various departments of the state of Michigan.” It was formed last year by CPAs who had been with Abraham & Gaffney.