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Sun Gazette: Bill would give Arlington County Board ability to hire auditor Print

Created:  Friday, January 23, 2015 12:00PM


Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) on Jan. 22 introduced legislation that would allow County Board members to appoint an auditor for the Arlington government that would report to them, not the county manager.

Hope said earlier in January that he was mulling introduction of such legislation, which has the support of County Board members John Vihstadt and Libby Garvey.

Under Virginia's county-manager form of government, the elected County Board employees only three people – the county manager, county attorney and clerk to the board. All other government workers report up the chain of command to County Manager Barbara Donnellan.

The measure would not require County Board members to employ an auditor, only give them the option to do so. Currently, the county government is in the process of hiring an auditor, who would report to a deputy director of the Department of Management and Finance.

County Board Chairman Mary Hynes reacted tepidly to the proposal, saying she thought it might be a solution in search of a problem.