Commissioners to act on Missoula County auditor recommendation

After announcing her retirement last month, Missoula County Auditor Barbara Berens made a single recommendation to fill her position.

In doing so, she suggested the promotion of Chief Deputy County Auditor David Wall to serve out the remainder of her term.

“Dave has been chief deputy county auditor for the past year-and-a-half after transferring to the Auditor’s Office,” Berens said. “He has a thorough knowledge of the core functions of the office, as well as a broad understanding of county operations. Dave’s experience, education, maturity and commitment to public service make him an ideal fit for the position.”

Missoula County Commissioners met with Wall last week to discuss his potential interest in the position and to hear his vision for the office he may be asked to run. He has worked in the Auditor’s Office since August 2015, transferring from the county’s Central Services department.

Barbara Berens will officially retire on August 11. Because this date is prior to the expiration of her term, an interim auditor must be appointed by commissioners.

A resolution to appoint Wall to fill the vacancy and to fully carry out the duties of the position will be considered on Thursday, June 22 during the commissioners’ administrative public meeting. Should the commission vote to appoint Wall, he will assume the role on August 14.

The interim appointee will serve until the end of Berens’ elected term, to Dec. 31, 2018.