Deputy state auditor resigns to let auditor-elect take post, for now

DOVER — Auditor-elect Kathy McGuiness will temporarily take on the deputy auditor role as she prepares to be sworn in at the start of the new year.

Ms. McGuiness, a Democrat elected in November with 57.9 percent of the vote, will replace the man she defeated last month. Republican James Spadola had been named to the position in a part-time role by Auditor Tom Wagner in October.

Mr. Wagner, a Republican who has held the office for 30 years, did not seek re-election, citing health issues.

Kathy McGuiness

Mr. Spadola said Tuesday he would step down today, allowing Ms. McGuiness a chance to get acclimated with the Auditor’s Office and work alongside other staffers there.

“What I think it does is it helps with the transition,” Ms. McGuiness said. “Keep in mind, this office hasn’t been transitioned like other offices.”

She said she will continue to examine the office’s practices and seek to improve efficiency and is planning to fill some positions in the office in the near future.

In a statement, Mr. Wagner thanked Mr. Spadola and noted the decision will help Ms. McGuiness prepare to become Delaware’s first female auditor.

“In a short time and in a part-time capacity, James helped get our social media accounts up and running, and continued outreach efforts to state employees.

“He is also donating 100% of his net earnings from the Deputy position to Faithful Friends,” he said.

“By appointing Kathy, she is able to start implementing her vision now and hit the ground running before her swearing-in come January.”

Ms. McGuiness, along with Attorney General-elect Kathy Jennings and Treasurer-elect Colleen Davis, will be sworn in for a four-year term Jan. 1.

 

Staff writer Matt Bittle can be reached at 741-8250 or mbittle@newszap.com. Follow @MatthewCBittle on Twitter.

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