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New Auditor General gone, says PAC chairman

Phil Sharman was appointed Auditor General just four months ago.

Reports coming out of the House of Assembly is that recently-appointed Auditor General Phil Sharman has left the post.

News of Sharman’s reported departure came from Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Andrew Fahie last evening.

“I understand that the Auditor General won’t be back. I don’t know what frighten him. Probably when he saw what he had to do he was gone… He won’t be back here. He gone,” Fahie said.

Sharman has only been Auditor General since August this year.

The Auditor General is responsible for monitoring the financial activities of government departments and statutory bodies to ensure accountability of public funds and compliance with financial regulations and budgetary constraints.

The Auditor General also acts as an advisory member on the PAC and will report annually on the accounts of the House of Assembly and Government departments.

Sharman’s untimely departure comes at a time when government’s accountability is being questioned, not only with taxpayer dollars but with loans and donations that the territory has received for hurricane recovery.

Before Sharman’s appointment four months ago, the post of Auditor General was vacant since September 2015.

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