State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness 3-in-1

State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness joined WDEL's news magazine program--Del-AWARE with Allan Loudell--on Monday, April 15, 2019. Content Exchange

Delaware's new state auditor stopped by WDEL Monday to assess her first 100 days on the job.

Democrat Kathy McGuiness didn't specifically criticize her Republican predecessor Tom Wagner, but did say the auditor's office had "eroded" by the time she took over.

"The office was neglected, the office was not at full complement, it wasn't staffed--we were looking at 2008 numbers for 2008, ten years ago, there was 33 percent more staff..what that means is the office cannot function," said McGuiness.

She added her reforms aren't meant as a putdown of Wagner.

"There's no judgment or emotion for the previous administration.  I am just giving you data, like I did and presented to the Joint Finance (Committee).  This is what it is, this is what it was, and here we are today," said McGuiness.

McGuiness said she's streamlining the office's function so auditors can audit, and won't have to handle extraneous tasks like administrative duties, and added hiring 12 employees, adding a new position, revising seven manuals and hiring an auditor for the auditor's office are among the steps taken since she took over.

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