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Kansas’ top auditor leaving state for job in Washington state

May 6, 2010

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— Barbara Hinton, the longtime head of the Legislative Division of Post Audit, is leaving Kansas to become deputy director for performance audits for the Washington State Auditor’s Office.

Hinton, of Lawrence, will leave in June.

She has been with the post audit division since 1977 and its top auditor since 1991.

During her career, she has conducted and led performance audits that have been nationally recognized for their high quality. She has been active in numerous professional audit organizations, including a term as president and several years as an executive committee member of the National State Auditors Association. 

Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag said he is looking forward to the contributions Hinton can make.

Comments

4 years, 7 months ago

OK toe, so you like government waste! This woman did a "thankless" job & post audit is under appreciated for the service they do for the tax payer. Hope she is appreciated in Washington.

WilburM 4 years, 7 months ago

Hinton is a pro, and she did a great job, while answering to multiple "bosses" in the legislature. And increasingly, with reduced resources. No auditor should be popular, but you need to be competent. Hinton was that, and won great admiration nationally. But "Toe," I'm sure you know better, that she was just a "push toy." You have no clue.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 7 months ago

WilburM, maybe Hinton answer to multiple bosses but she most certainly didn't do it with reduced resources.

Her staff has been a growth industry, even over the past two years when the rest of state government has cut $1 billion (none of it "waste" identified by Post Audit), the Post Audit budget has continued to grow.

You are free to defend Hinton's work as auditor, but don't try to defend her with lies.

WilburM 4 years, 7 months ago

BK: After growing, her office did lose staff and resources. And the requests for complicated audits continued. I'm certainly not "lying." And the overall resources for KS audits (compared to Washington state, where she is headed) is very small.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 7 months ago

While the rest of state government is operating at or below fiscal year 2006 levels, the division of post audit's budget has increased in fiscal years 2008, 2009, 2010, and proposed to increase again in fiscal year 2011.

Post Audit has not lost staff, in fact they have not even implemented a hiring freeze. Post Audit has not lost resources, in fact at a time when every other agency in state government has cut 10, 20, or even 30% Post Audit's budget has increased.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/dec/27/legislatures-own-spending-scrutinized/?kansas_legislature

Praise the work of Post Audit all you like, but it is a blatant falsehood to claim any legislative division has been experiencing the budget pain the rest of state government has. To the contrary, they have remained a growth industry.

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