The following is written as a member of the last county Charter Commission.
I am confused. The one clearly stated recommendation from the County Council that was adopted by the Charter Commission and supported by the voters in the last election was the creation of an Office of Auditor. The current controversy dealing with the Old Wailuku Post Office rehabilitation appears to be exactly the type of issue that an independent, nonpolitical auditor should review and report on. What went wrong - if anything - and how to fix it.
Here's where I am confused: Exactly the same council voices that spoke so strongly for creating an auditor's post are now the same voices pushing for the council itself to investigate the post office situation, apparently ignoring the fact that the council just appointed a county auditor. Here's the problem with the council conducting such an investigation: The council is a political body, so whatever conclusions it comes up with will naturally appear to be politically motivated. According to the charter, the auditor is supposed to be independent and nonpolitical. The council could put this confusion to rest by just passing the post office rehabilitation issue over to the auditor and wait for his findings and conclusions.
Leave the investigating to the office we have created for that purpose.