Re: “Independent officers should never be reappointed,” Jan. 13.
I suspect that like many others, I felt auditor general John Doyle should have been reappointed for another six-year term. There is little doubt that he did an excellent job in ferreting out information and holding the government’s hand to the flame.
However, the argument made by Jordan Bateman that independent officers should never be reappointed is a very compelling one. Having to convince your employer to renew your contract could certainly tend to dilute one’s independence.
Perhaps, as suggested, the appointment should be for a longer period, eight to 10 years, but independent watchdogs should never be reappointed under any circumstances.
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