Halifax Regional Municipality's first auditor general will make $150,000 annually, Mayor Peter Kelly confirmed yesterday.

 

Larry Munroe, who has held senior positions for several municipalities and has provided services for the Province of New Brunswick as well as non-profit groups, will start his seven-year term Sept. 28, according to an HRM news release.

 

Munroe was picked through a national recruitment campaign this spring, the release said, adding the city’s audit committee recommended his appointment to Halifax Regional Council last month. He’ll develop a work plan with council during his first six months on the job and will report to the public annually.

 

Coun. Gloria McCluskey, chairwoman of the audit committee, said in the release that Munroe is responsible for helping council hold “itself and administration accountable for the quality of stewardship over public funds and for achieving value for money in the operation of the municipality."

The province amended legislation last year requiring council to appoint an auditor general. Chief administrative officer Dan English said in the release that “independence and transparency are key to enhancing public confidence in the municipal service delivery system.”