A four-member subcommittee of the Legislative Audit Committee will begin the process of appointing a new state legislative auditor, in accordance with state law. The current auditor, Tori Hunthausen, has announced her plans to retire at the end of her appointment term, June 30, 2016, after 28.5 years in the Legislative Audit Division.
Representative Randy Brodehl, R-Kalispell and chair of the Legislative Audit Committee, has appointed a hiring subcommittee made up of himself and three other members of the audit committee: Senator McNally, D-Billings, Representative Tropila, D-Great Falls, and Senator Dee Brown, R- Hungry Horse.
The subcommittee was formed for the purpose of recruiting a candidate for the position of Legislative Auditor. The candidate will be presented to the full Legislative Audit Committee as a nominee for appointment, at its June 16-17 meeting. The subcommittee advertised within the Division and requires a cover letter and resume be submitted to the Legislative Branch Human Resource Officer. Interviews will be conducted in the coming months.
The legislative auditor’s powers and duties are described in Montana law §5-13-301, MCA, and are further driven by government auditing standards published by the U. S. Government Accountability Office. The auditor oversees the operations of the division and directs the independent, non-partisan audits of state agencies, including the Montana university system.
Hunthausen began working with the Audit Division in 1988 and was appointed to lead the division in 2008, as the 12th female auditor in the country at the time. She is the fourth person to serve as the Montana Legislative Auditor since the office was created in 1967.