Palo Alto's popular city auditor, Sharon Erickson, announced Tuesday she is leaving the city to serve as San Jose's top auditor.
"It's a great opportunity for me and it was too big to pass up," Erickson said.
Erickson will begin her new position on March 10.
She said she plans to spend her remaining time with the city working with the City Council's Council Appointed Officer Committee to find a new auditor.
Erickson began her auditing career with the City of San Jose, leaving in 2001 to become the lead auditor of her hometown. Erickson previously spent 12 years with the City of San Jose.
"Sharon's been terrific in the position of auditor and we will miss her," Mayor Larry Klein said Tuesday.
"I think she's done a superb job. Many of her audits have had a big effect on city policies and she'll be very, very hard to replace," Klein said.
He said the council suspected Erickson might return to San Jose after longtime San Jose Auditor Gerald Silva was fired following a sexual harassment scandal last summer.
Erickson said her hire was finalized Tuesday. She will earn approximately $189,000, up from her current salary of $164,000, Erickson said.
"I only applied for the position after some thought because I really have enjoyed working for Palo Alto," Erickson said.
The San Jose Auditor's office has 18 employees, while Palo Alto has four, including Erickson.
"They do many of the same things we do in Palo Alto. It's just bigger and more complicated," Erickson said.