Auditor General, Sonia Webster will be retiring from the Audit Department with effect from 30 September. The announcement of the Auditor General’s retirement was made in the 6 August publication of the Gazette.
The quest to find a new Auditor General officially commenced with the advertisement for the post, which began on 10 July, and closed last Friday 14 August. According to the advert the successful applicant will administer and manage the process of monitoring the financial activities of government departments and statutory bodies, ensure accountability of public funds and compliance with Financial Regulations and Budgetary Constraints.
It was stated that the applicants ought to have a Master’s Degree in Accounting or equivalent, professional qualification from a recognized examining body, eight years in accounting — of which at least five (5) must be in public accounting at an administrative level.
The new Auditor General is also required to have some experience in commercial accounting, expert knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures, expert knowledge of auditing standards and accounting principles, expert knowledge of budgeting, expert knowledge of Public Administration, expert knowledge of public policies and procedures, among other things.
During her tenure, Mrs. Webster prepared many reports including those on Petty Contracts, Cruise Pier Report, Sea Cows Bay Harbour Development Project, and the Greenhouse Project.