Looks like we’ll know the three finalists for Pierce County auditor on Wednesday afternoon.
A committee that will review applications will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the County Council Chambers, Room 1045, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. The five-member committee – headed by incoming County Council Chairman Roger Bush – will recommend three finalists to the council.
Council attorney Susan Long said the council received 13 "complete and timely" applications for the job. Others applied but didn’t complete their applications.
The committee may meet in closed session to discuss their qualifications. But it will pick the three finalists in open session. The County Council is scheduled to appoint a new auditor on Jan. 13.
Last month the council approved a nonpartisan process for selecting a replacement for Auditor Pat McCarthy, who was sworn in Friday as county executive. They note that voters made the office nonpartisan by approving an amendment to the county charter last year.
Local Democrats claim that because McCarthy was twice elected as a Democrat that the council must select an auditor from among three candidates nominated by the party. Chairman Nathe Lawver said party members will attend Wednesday’s committee meeting.