Palo Alto has concluded its search for a new city auditor, selecting a veteran from the City of Berkeley to fill the vacancy.
The City Council will consider on Monday appointing Harriet Richardson to serve as the new city auditor, which is one of four positions that is selected directly by the council (the other three are city manager, city attorney and city clerk). Richardson will take over a position that has been vacant since Jim Pelletier resigned in September to lead the American Center of Government Auditing.
Senior Performance Auditor Houman Boussina has been leading the department as an acting city auditor since Pelletier's departure.
If the council approves at its April 7 meeting a recommendation from its Council Appointed Officers Committee, Richardson will start her new job on April 15. She will receive a salary of $167,500, according to a report the city released Wednesday afternoon.
The report notes that Richardson was selected after a "national search" and interviews with numerous finalists. It cites Richardson's "extensive experience" in government auditing, including in Berkeley, Washington state, Atlanta and San Francisco. Her most recent position is with Berkeley, where she has been serving as audit manager.
The Office of the City Auditor is charged with conducting performance audits and annual reviews of city departments and releasing the annual Service Efforts and Accomplishments report, which looks at performance results of each department over a five-year period.