VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark today announced British Columbia's first auditor general for local government (AGLG).
"As we work to make life more affordable for B.C. families, we have to keep in mind there is only one taxpayer. At every level of government we need to find new and innovative ways to make sure British Columbians are getting the best value for their money," said Premier Christy Clark. "That is why I am proud to announce that Basia Ruta will become B.C.'s first auditor general for local government."
Originally suggested by B.C. business groups and championed by Premier Clark, the AGLG will conduct performance audits of local government services and provide recommendations about how to find efficiencies and improve the effectiveness of operations.
"The AGLG will help local governments identify the most efficient and effective ways to address the priorities that are important to B.C. communities and will bring greater affordability for families," said Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett "I look forward to seeing the benefits the AGLG will bring to communities throughout the province."
Ruta is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience working in the federal Office of the Auditor General, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, and as Environment Canada's chief financial officer. She has over 30 years' experience in both the public and private sectors, and has valuable knowledge of local and regional governance gained in part by conducting audits of local government, hospital and community organizations. She also has significant expertise in managing transitions and in performance measurement.
"We welcome today's announcement that Ms. Ruta has been appointed as the first auditor general for local government," said Mayor Mary Sjostrom of the City of Quesnel and UBCM president. "We look forward to a constructive working relationship with Ms. Ruta."
Ruta was selected and recommended for appointment following a nationwide search and rigorous selection process. She will begin her position at the AGLG's Surrey office in January 2013.
The AGLG will make non-binding recommendations based on performance audits and publicize best practices adopted by local governments. The AGLG will not question the merits of policy decisions or objectives of local governments.
The AGLG's term is for five years, with a maximum of two terms permitted.
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