Gor­don Ruth ap­pointed as new au­di­tor gen­eral for lo­cal gov­ern­ment

Asian Journal - - British Columbia -

Vic­to­ria: Gor­don Ruth has been ap­pointed as the new B.C. au­di­tor gen­eral for lo­cal gov­ern­ment (AGLG) with a man­date to lead a new, col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween lo­cal gov­ern­ments across the province and the of­fice. “Rec­og­niz­ing there is only one tax­payer, the goal of this of­fice has al­ways been to help find ways to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble ser­vices in the most ef­fi­cient, cost-ef­fec­tive way,” said Com­mu­nity, Sport and Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Peter Fass­ben­der. “I’m con­fi­dent we have found the right per­son in Gor­don Ruth and know he is some­one who will es­tab­lish him­self, and the of­fice, as high func­tion­ing, re­sults-based and will­ing to work with lo­cal gov­ern­ments to find so­lu­tions that ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit Bri­tish Columbians.” The ap­point­ment is ef­fec­tive Oct. 1, 2015, and will al­low for tran­si­tion from his cur­rent po­si­tion. When the B.C. au­di­tor gen­eral for lo­cal gov­ern­ment was ini­tially launched in Jan­uary of 2013, it was the first of its kind. Like any new, lead­ing-edge of­fice there have been lessons learned and steps taken to strengthen the of­fice and po­si­tion it for suc­cess mov­ing for­ward. “We are very pleased to be able to at­tract an in­di­vid­ual such as Gor­don Ruth. We feel he will make an ex­cel­lent AGLG given his ex­pe­ri­ence and back­ground as well as his knowl­edge of lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” said Tony Ari­g­anello, chair, au­dit coun­cil, au­di­tor gen­eral for lo­cal gov­ern­ment. In recog­ni­tion of the change of lead­er­ship in the of­fice of the AGLG, Fass­ben­der had the fol­low­ing to say about the out­go­ing act­ing AGLG, “I want to use this oc­ca­sion to rec­og­nize the tremen­dous work ac­com­plished by Arn van Iersel. He came in at a chal­leng­ing time for the of­fice and brought su­pe­rior lead­er­ship and sta­bil­ity when it was most needed.”

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