Audit Commission to accept applications for auditor general post

Illinois—The Legislative Audit Commission announced this week that it is accepting applications from people interested in appointment as Auditor General of the State of Illinois.

“We encourage anyone who is qualified for this important position to apply,” said Commission Co-chairs, state Sen. Chris Lauzen and state Rep. Frank Mautino. “We intend to conduct a thorough search for the best person or persons to recommend for appointment.”

State law declares that the Auditor General must be “qualified under the Constitution and determined by the General Assembly to be experienced and competent in governmental auditing, financial management, or government operation and knowledge in the subject of state government.”

At the completion of the search, the commission will name several finalists to be interviewed. At least one candidate will then be recommended to the General Assembly for appointment. An affirmative vote of three-fifths of the members of each House is required for appointment. The General Assembly is not required to appoint a candidate recommended by the commission, although it has always relied on the commission’s recommendations.

The auditor general is a constitutional officer charged with the audit of public funds of the state. Currently, the auditor general oversees a staff of 92 and administers a $26.8 million budget. State law requires that each state agency be audited at least biennially. In addition, the auditor general performs investigations and efficiency management or program audits at the direction of the Legislature or the Audit Commission. The current salary is $149,004. State law permits, and the incumbent is seeking, reappointment.

Persons interested in being considered for the appointment should submit resumes to the Legislative Audit Commission, Room 622, Strattor Building, Springfield, Ill., 62706, or via e-mail at AuditCommission@ilga.gov, and postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2012.