County Commission accepting applications for new legislative auditor general

The Wayne County Commission is in the process of hiring a new legislative auditor general, who will examine and evaluate county activities to improve the accountability of public funds and operations of county government.

The current legislative auditor general, Willie Mayo, is retiring in January after serving for 10 years, the maximum allowed under the Wayne County Charter.

Sept. 12 is the application deadline. The salary range is $115,000 to $125,000 annually, depending on the successful applicant’s qualifications, and the term will be for two, three or five years, with a maximum of 10 years overall.

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Applications will be reviewed by a task force of commissioners who will recommend candidates to Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak (D-13th District). The finalist will be presented to the full commission for approval. The hiring process will be in accordance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act.

The task force chairman is Commissioner Raymond Basham (D-14th District), who also chairs the Committee on Audit, which works closely with the legislative auditor general and their staff.

The legislative auditor general must be a certified public accountant; have earned a bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting; have at least five years’ experience performing audits and controls in a government setting; and have managerial experience. Ten employees work under Mayo, and they’re based at the county-owned Guardian Building in Detroit.