Ashe said the job in the auditor's office was the perfect marriage of big picture issues and policy details that fit his experience and interests.
“I have the benefit of having been able to dive into virtually every corner of state operations,” Ashe said. “So in that sense, I hope to fit in quickly and seamlessly as a member of the team, providing value to them toward the work they do.”
The deputy auditor job is one of three positions the auditor is allowed to fill with whomever he chooses. Andrew Stein, the previous person in the role, has spent two and a half years in the auditor's office and is moving back to the tax department, Hoffer said.
While Ashe has significant government experience, he has none as an auditor, and so Hoffer said he didn’t feel he should pay Ashe as much as Stein, who was making more than $100,000.
"I couldn't justify spending that much for a new guy, " Hoffer said.
Ashe will make a salary of $90,000, plus generous benefits, Hoffer said.
Disclosure: Tim Ashe is the domestic partner of Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly. Find our conflict-of-interest policy here: sevendaysvt.com/disclosure.
Correction, April 7, 2021: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Stein had already left the auditor's office.