Auditor General’s contract not renewed

Cayman Islands Auditor General Dan
Duguay’s contract will not be renewed for another three-year term.

Mr. Duguay, who has held the
government watchdog post for the past six years, confirmed that another
individual had been hired to the post following an interview process that began
late last year.

“I was disappointed,’ Mr. Duguay
said Thursday. “Anybody that applies for a position and doesn’t get it is
always disappointed. I wish the new auditor general well.”

Precisely who the new auditor will
be is not known. A statement released by Governor Duncan Taylor Thursday did
not reveal a name.

Mr. Duguay said the appointee was a
male from overseas who was due to arrive sometime in July. 

Mr. Duguay’s last contract expired
on 6 February. He was given a three-month contract extension that essentially
allowed interested parties time to apply for the auditor general’s post.

Mr. Duguay said he would stay in
office only through 7 May. After that Deputy Auditor General Garnet Harrison
will assume the acting role until the new full-time auditor general
arrives. 

“I’m inclined to believe it’s not a
good idea to stay past 7 May,” Mr. Duguay said. “I need to move on.” 

The out-going auditor expressed
concern that his work in the past six years was apparently not considered in
the hiring process.

“According to the Governor’s press
release, the only consideration was the interview itself.”

Mr. Taylor said in his statement
that a total of 58 applications were received for the position; two of the
applicants were Caymanian.

That list was whittled down to four
candidates, including Mr. Duguay, who participated in final interviews.

The interview committee included
the Governor, Pastor Winston Rose and Ernst and Young partner Dan Scott.

The position pays between $127,296
and $147,648.

The auditor general reports to the
Legislative Assembly on the performance of various government agencies and also
does routine financial audits of all government departments.

Since last year, Mr. Duguay and
members of the house’s Public Accounts Committee have sparred publicly over
issues regarding how and when the auditor’s reports should be released to the
public.

Mr. Duguay said in January that he
was disappointed about having to re-apply for his position.

He has also noted that having
competition for the auditor general’s post could have an effect on future
auditors’ performance.

“If the auditor general has to go
every three years and fight for his job, he might have that in the back of his
mind when deciding what audits to do and what to say,” Mr. Duguay said in
December.

Typically, Cayman’s auditor general
is given a three-year contract. That is a shorter contract than the complaints
commissioner or the information commissioner – both are independently appointed
government oversight offices.

Many Canadian provinces give
auditors general 10-year contracts. In Bermuda, the auditor is appointed for
life.

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