Government fires AGLG after failed review process
The province has fired AGLG (auditor general for local governements) Basia Ruta, the first person to have held this position in the newly-created office, after she completed only two local government audits during the three years of her tenure. A press release issued this morning also cites problems with an attempted review process of Ruta’s leadership as part of the motivation for the dismissal.
The release reads as follows:
Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, has released the following statement in response to a recommendation received from the Audit Council for the Auditor General for Local Government:
“Under the Auditor General for Local Government Act, I am required, as the minister responsible, to seek the Audit Council’s recommendation regarding the removal of the auditor general for local government. Pursuant to its mandate under the act, the Audit Council considered my request and subsequently issued a recommendation and resolution to remove the auditor general for local government.
“The auditor general for local government’s obstruction of an intended review of her office has created an intolerable situation that compounds the unstable work environment and lack of performance from that office.
“I believe removing the auditor general is necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the office.
“Accordingly, I have therefore recommended to the Lieutenant Governor in Council that the auditor’s appointment be rescinded.
“The Audit Council will be recommending a qualified person to be appointed as acting auditor general for local government, pursuant to the act, for government’s consideration.”