Doug Ringler, CPA, CIA is currently chief auditor for Gov. Snyder
LANSING — The state House today approved House Concurrent Resolution 28 to appoint Doug Ringler as the state’s new Auditor General, per the Michigan Constitution. HCR 28 now goes to the state Senate for approval.
Ringler, a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor, has 25 years of state government experience, with the past 17 being in an auditing capacity. He currently serves as the state’s Chief Audit Executive under Gov. Rick Snyder.
He was recommended after a bipartisan, bicameral national search.
“Before the Legislature makes a long-term appointment like this, it was in the best interest of Michigan’s taxpayers to conduct a national search and determine who the best person for the job was,” said Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall. “It was encouraging to discover the best person was already here, just serving Michigan in a different capacity.”
The Auditor General conducts performance audits and post audits of financial transactions and accounts of the state and of all branches, departments, offices, boards, commissions, agencies, authorities and institutions established by the state constitution or by law.
“Mr. Ringler will, no doubt, provide the quality information the Legislature needs to help oversee state funds,” said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe.
The Auditor General appointment is for a term of eight years.
“The people of Michigan deserve a strong Auditor General who will ensure their government is working for them,” said Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing. “There’s no question that Mr. Ringler has a big job in front of him, but I look forward to working with him to ensure the Auditor General’s office remains an advocate for transparent and responsible government.”
Ringler previously served more than 10 years in the Auditor General’s office.
“I want to thank the other quadrant leaders for being thoughtful and deliberative in this process,” said House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills. “The office plays a crucial role in helping citizens hold their government accountable. Therefore, the selection of an auditor general is an important task. I look forward to working with Mr. Ringler.”
Ringler said he is humbled by the opportunity to serve in an oversight role for the Legislature.
“In the course of performing the function of the office, it is critically important to foster a good working relationship with the state departments through trust, integrity and objectivity to foster the necessary operational improvements,” Ringler said. “Of course, it is the taxpayers, through improved transparency and accountability, who are the recipients of the work that the Auditor General does.”
The appointment is effective June 9, 2014, per the resolution.
Ari B. Adler