Internal Audit

Tara Hazelbaker, CPA, CIA


Joseph S. Yenni Building
1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 306
Jefferson, LA 70123
Phone: 504-736-6737
Email Tara Hazelbaker


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 conduct performance audits and perform non-audit services of any parish department, program, service, or activity as approved by the parish council.  The purpose of these audits 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.  Audits shall be conducted and non-audit services provided in accordance with Government Auditing Standards, as established by the Comptroller General of the United States, Governmental Accountability Office.  [JP Code of Ordinances, Sec. 2-162(b)]

The Department of Internal Audit strives to go above and beyond and uphold the mission as set forth by Ordinance and to maximize the value of services to 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.