Harrisburg — Eugene DePasquale promised to put his reform agenda into action as he was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s new Auditor General.
The three-term York state lawmaker took his oath as his family and politicos from around Pa. and both parties looked on.
He said his role was not just to expose the problems of government, but to propose solutions as well.
“Part of this job is using this as a bully pulpit to outline what is happening and to express to the people of Pennsylvania what needs to be changed,” he said. “The Auditor General is a very interesting role. You have enormous power in the sense you can go in and conduct the audits, but you don’t have the power to go in and make the change.”
“I am going to use my understanding of the General Assembly and what it takes to get laws done, and also working with the Corbett administration, to make the change that is needed.”
He talked about education and infrastructure, but his highest notes came on the subject of the environment. He emphasized his commitment to balancing economic growth with safety vis-a-vis development of Marcellus shale.
“That is why one of my first official duties as Auditor General will be to initiate a performance audit of the Department of Environmental Protection to make sure our constitutional right to pure water is not being compromised,” he said.
As York County Controller Robb Green pointed out, DePasquale is the first York countian to win statewide office since Gov. George Leader in 1954.
And as newly elected state Sen. Rob Teplitz noted, “he’s the first Pa. Auditor General to have mastered P90X.”