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Ex-Saanich official to sit on audit council

Apr 29 2012

Saanich's former chief administrative officer was one of five people named this week to an audit council that will select and oversee the new auditor general for local government.

Tim Wood, who is retiring from the District of Saanich, was appointed to the council by Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Ida Chong.

He joins Anthony Ariganello, president and CEO of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, who will chair the council; Rick Heney, a Kamloops lawyer; Donnie MacDonald, vice-president of finance and controller with Westminster Savings Credit Union; and Lisa Payne, chief operating officer for Colligo Networks.

The members, who will act independently from government, are expected to recommend candidates to become the first municipal auditor, whose performance they will oversee.

Saanich mayor Frank Leonard said he has long supported the idea of a municipal auditor general to help local governments find the same efficiencies as private businesses.

But some municipalities have opposed the idea of a local government auditor general, calling it unnecessary oversight and interference by the province.

Chong said the office would conduct performance - not financial - audits of municipalities to help determine if programs and services are being provided as efficiently as possible.

rshaw@timescolonist.com

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