An auditor with an eagle eye

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  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    I hated John Dougall when he was in the legislature due to his support of HB116 amnesty legislation for illegal aliens. Dougall was effective in preventing E-Verify legislation that would have prevented employers from hiring illegal labor.

    However, In my opinion Dougall is an excellent auditor. Local school districts, cities and other government agencies have been getting away with far too much. The auditor can do what the citizens are unable to do.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    "Who else would you want to audit the state’s books?" A CPA.
    More than that, a CPA, with education or experience in forensic auditing. The funny thing about auditing is if you aren't doing your job it's really hard to tell until things hit the fan. And someone with as little actual accounting experience really worries me as the state auditor. No accounting firm or company with their own internal audit department would hire someone as poorly qualified as Dougall to run that type of department. He can't even sign the audit paperwork. Why is he good enough for the state of Utah?

  • RFLASH Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    I enjoyed reading this article. It would be nice to see more information like this or more interviews. I am a state employee and a financial analyst. It was good to read what john had to say and I think it is a good thing to help all of us understand more about government positions and about the people who serve in them. I think his attitude is great and it was nice to know more about this position. I have worked with the auditors. Usually they just tell me what they need and I find the information for them. How many positions are out there that we should or could know more about? I hope to read about others. It is a good thing.

  • dansimp Layton, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    "Who else would you want to audit the state’s books?" A CPA.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 2, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    What has Dougall actually accomplished? A couple of booze trucks are now locked.

  • fani wj, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    DN: Will you run for a second term in 2016?

    "JD: The answer I always gave in the House is if I feel like I’m adding value then I’ll run again. But at some point it’s somebody else’s turn. This is not a career. This is an effort to improve the oversight, and then it’s somebody else’s opportunity. Continual change and improvement is critical." This guy gets it. We need more people like him looking out for taxpayers interest

  • Denverite Centennial, CO
    Jan. 2, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    My experience says "bringing people together" is code for "letting Democrats decide what should be done even when a Republican wins", so I would be really happy with a whole lot less "bringing people together" nationwide.

    And an auditor should be doing what it looks like he's doing. We could use a lot more of them. Too bad the federal government auditors, as a group, don't seem to be doing what this guy's doing.

  • rawlshea1 salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 7:20 a.m.

    Dougall also rhymes with bamboozal. Headlines, like judicial decisions, don't necessarily make sound fiscal or monetary policy. Instead of dividing people, the auditor ought to try to bring people together, something he did not do as a legislator and doesn't seem to be doing as the State Auditor.