The watchdog behind damning reports exposing government failings in areas ranging from the Innovation Fund to the management of its £1billion property portfolio is stepping down.
After seven years, Karen McConnell is to leave her post as Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) – the government’s spending watchdog – after seven years.
During her time in the fixed-term role, she has been responsible for probing a number of different areas of the Government of Jersey, exposing problems and making recommendations along the way.
Pictured: The C&AG's Innovation Fund review led to a Police investigation.
Starting in 2013, her eye for detail has over the years earned her praise from both members of the public and States Members, who today thanked her for her service.
Praising Ms McConnell, who was appointed after holding a variety of senior positions including leading the Audit Practice of the UK Audit Commission, was Senator Sarah Ferguson.
“We will be very sad to see Karen leave at the end of this year but we accept the need for a fixed term tenure which she herself strongly advocated, in order to maintain the independence of this important and challenging role. She has been a positive force for change and we hope that whoever replaces her will continue the fantastic work she has undertaken on behalf of the Island.”
That work has included reviews touching upon:
Government officials said that recruitment for the C&AG’s replacement will begin “shortly” using independent consultants.
The role, which includes the audit of financial statements and wider consideration of public funds including internal financial control, value for money, and corporate governance, will be advertised in Jersey and the UK.
Despite the end of her service being announced today, Ms McConnell is not yet finished her work.
There are still several reviews left to be published, including a report on the remuneration of those employed by government-owned companies or bodies funded with public money.
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