The County Council has hired a new county auditor to replace Haskell Arnold, who retired at the end of June.

Craig Glendenning, who has served as assistant auditor in Anne Arundel County since 2000, will start in Howard on Sept. 4, the council announced Thursday.

As county auditor, Glendenning will review the county's operating budget, conduct auditors of county programs, coordinate a fraud hotline and evaluate the fiscal impact of council legislation.

"The need for clear and complete financial information is especially important as the county seeks to remain a leader in difficult economic times," council Chairwoman Mary Kay Sigaty, a Columbia Democrat, said in a statement. "The council chose Mr. Glendenning from a pool of highly qualified applicants based on his skills and leadership."


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Glendenning, a graduate of the University of Baltimore, is licensed by the Maryland State Board of Public Accounting. Before working in Anne Arundel County, he worked in the state Office of Legislative Audits.

The auditor's office is one of the few county government divisions controlled by the council, not the county executive.