John Dougall, who was elected Utah State Auditor in November, has asked for the resignations of all appointed staff in the Auditor’s office. The resignations are to be effective January 6, 2013.
In the letter to the appointed staff, Dougall noted that resignations are part of the transition and the examination of practices of the office and thanked the members of the Auditor’s office for their feedback on what over the years has worked and has not worked in the office.
As I work to build my team, I will look to balance individuals with fresh, new ideas with others who have the wisdom that comes with experience in the trenches. With a new administration comes change. Some may hope to continue their public service in the Auditor’s office. Others may use their experience to explore new adventures elsewhere, while some have already announced their retirement after decades of dedicated service. These changes are a necessary adjustment of course, placing more emphasis in areas and strategy that I believe are central to my vision.
Requesting the resignations, however, does not necessarily mean that individuals would not be rehired. Dougall requested the resignations by 9 AM today and says that he received most of them by 9:45 AM. He promised to announce his hiring decisions by 5 PM, but was able to respond by 11:45 AM.
Dougall told me that he had spent the past 2 weeks interviewing almost everyone in the office, as well as a group of auditors assisting with an outside assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the offices audit methodologies. Of the appointed staffers, 88% requested consideration for reappointment and 76% of those were immediately offered appointments.
At the end of the day, though, Dougall recognized the importance of getting the process right for the people involved. “A significant amount of work has gone into this so that the officials process from submission of resignation to appointment could be as quick as possible for most folks,” said Dougall.