Republicans have settled on Bob Ward, the DMV commissioner and former House minority leader, as the next Republican state auditor, political sources say.
He would succeed Robert Jaekle, a former House GOP leader.
On the Democratic side, speculation is focused on Rep. John Geragosian of New Britain, but it was unclear Monday if a decision has been made.
Connecticut has an unusual auditor’s system. Two political appointees of legislative leaders, a Democrat and a Republican, oversee a staff of professional auditors.
Jaekle and former Sen. Kevin Johnston, a Democrat, each are retiring as soon as successors are named.
Former state Rep. Robert Heagney of Simsbury and David Cappiello, a former state senator who managed Linda McMahon’s campaign, each were vying for the GOP auditor’s post.
Cappiello recently took a job with a non-profit agency. House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, has told Heagney the job will be going to Ward.
“It’s a done deal,” one Republican said.