Michael Pickup

Michael Pickup has been named Nova Scotia's next auditor general. (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)

The provincial legislature has approved the appointment of Michael Pickup as Nova Scotia's next auditor general.

Pickup has been the audit principal with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for the past 24 years, focusing on financial and performance audits.

He was born and raised in Cape Breton and graduated from Acadia University. His appointment as Nova Scotia's auditor general is effective July 2.

Pickup was chosen by a selection committee that included former provincial auditor general Roy Salmon and the dean of the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University, among other accounting and audit experts.

He replaces Jacques Lapointe, who retired earlier this year and is best known for exposing questionable expense claims by members of the Nova Scotia legislature.

Lapointe's February 2010 report, and the subsequent police investigation, led to criminal charges against four former provincial politicians.