Auditor General John Doyle is finished his six-year term on May 28, and his successor will likely have a single term of eight years.
MLAs have worked out a truce in the dispute that arose when Doyle’s request for a second six-year term was rejected by the government majority on the selection committee. The committee then offered him a two-year extension, but Doyle accepted a new job in his native Australia instead.
Doyle had initially indicated he would stay on the job until next summer, when he takes up duties as auditor general for the Australian state of Victoria.
Amendments presented in the legislature Monday allow the committee to recommend an acting auditor general by unanimous consent, and change the term for the next full-time auditor. An appointment for the eight-year term would be left to a new government elected May 14.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the rules don’t allow a new auditor to be appointed until the current one is finished. He said an agreement has been worked out with the NDP opposition to appoint a temporary replacement before the election.
Premier Christy Clark suggested the eight-year, non-renewable term to avoid the problem of having a sitting government having to decide on reappointing its independent financial critic. The federal auditor general serves one 10-year term with no option for renewal.