February 29, 2012

Audit Council Appointments

Kamloops, B.C. - The provincial government is actively seeking candidates to appoint to the audit council under the proposed Auditor General for Local Government Act, which is likely to come into force during the spring 2012 legislative session.

The audit council's primary responsibility is directly related to the accountability of the auditor general, such as reviewing and monitoring the performance of the auditor general and commenting on the annual service plan. It also will fall to the council to make recommendations for the appointment, suspension and removal of the auditor general; however the council is not involved in decisions related to specific local government performance audits.

The audit council will consist of at least five members with appointments of up to three years. The appointments will be decided by the Cabinet on the recommendation of the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Candidates should be qualified in one or more of: accounting; auditing; local, regional or provincial governance; or a subject area set out in the regulations. In addition, preferred competencies include: managerial consulting, human resources, legal expertise and previous leadership experience.

The appointment process will be managed through the Province's Board Resourcing and Development Office (BRDO), which is responsible for the appointment processes for Provincial appointments to the boards of over 300 public agencies.

Barring exceptional circumstances, elected officials and public servants are not normally appointed. Audit council appointments may be better suited to former local government elected officials.

To apply for a council appointment, please apply directly to BRDO at www.fin.gov.bc.ca/brdo.

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