LIHUE — The County of Kauai and the County Council have begun the hiring process for a county auditor, according to one applicant, Mel Rapozo.
“As far as I know, they are going through the application process right now,” Rapozo said, adding that he has thrown his hat in the race.
The former County Council chair and mayoral candidate in 2018 had little else to say about the possibility of getting selected for the job.
The job is not listed on the current employment opportunities section of the county website due to a February application deadline, but Councilmember Felicia Cowden did confirm the council went into executive (closed) session regarding the possibility of the county hiring an auditor at their April 10 meeting.
According to the county’s website, the position of auditor was created to “provide better oversight on county spending and use of scarce county funds, enhance the checks and balances between the legislative and administrative branches of county government, and facilitate the conduct of the annual audit, operational and program audits, which provide cost and process improvements as well as conformity to government grant program reporting.”
The body’s agenda states the council went into executive session to discuss “the hiring of a county auditor, including interviewing any candidates, and terms and conditions of employment.”
Cowden and several other councilmembers said they are unable to discuss the closed session due to legal constraints on any topic discussed during the closed session and whether or not Rapozo faces potential conflicts of interest if he were indeed chosen for the position.