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The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education has hired former Kanawha County educator Susan O’Brien as chief public school auditor.

O’Brien’s appointment as director of the Office of Education Performance Audits was announced Wednesday. She will replace the retiring Gus Penix.

O’Brien currently serves as deputy director of educator quality for the New Mexico Public Education System.

The audit office evaluates the performances of public schools and investigates problems. Some audits have led to the state Board of Education taking control of county school systems.