I’m writing in response to the Peoria Journal Star’s March 8 endorsement of the referendum on eliminating the Peoria County auditor’s position from being an elected position.
The purpose of the Peoria County auditor is to “protect taxpayers investment; determine compliance with County Policies and other applicable requirements (e.g., State Statutes, Federal requirements, generally accepted accounting policies, good business procedures, etc. as they pertain to Peoria County)."
As an elected official the auditor is accountable to the taxpayers. As an employee of the County Board, that would become a little convoluted. Now this position could be subject to the discretion of the 18 County Board members, and the auditor's employment could be in peril because of how much that person holds his or her bosses to account.