TNRD selects auditor for extravagant expenses

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The Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) has selected BDO Canada LLP to conduct an independent forensic audit and special financial review of the TNRD’s financial records and expenses, which came under scrutiny when it was discovered that former TNRD CAO Sukh Gill racked up more than half a million dollars in expenses in five years.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) for a third-party review was issued by the TNRD following the March 11 Board of Directors meeting, where the topic of the extravagant spending was discussed at length.

The RFP was active on BC Bid from Friday, March 19 to Monday, April 12.

“Six quality submissions were received from experienced firms, which were reviewed and rated by the evaluation team according to the criteria in the RFP,” reads a statement by the TNRD.

“The highest scoring proposal has resulted in BDO Canada LLP, based out of Vancouver, being selected as the successful proponent.”

BDO is a forensic accounting and investigations team with experience and knowledge of local government systems and practices.

“The TNRD hopes to have a contract for the services finalized within the next week, with the goal of having BDO start the work in early May,” the statement continues.

“The TNRD remains committed to have the forensic audit and financial review completed as quickly as possible and the findings and recommendations made public.”

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald