Palo Alto selects new city auditor

City Council set to approve contract with Berkeley audit manager Harriet Richardson

Palo Alto has concluded its search for a new city auditor, selecting a veteran from the City of Berkeley to fill the vacancy.

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Isn't the current City Manager a product of the People's Republic of Berkeley, also?

Got to wonder just how hard the City looked for a new auditor. The last one wasn't much in the way of delivering anything of value--got to wonder if the bar for non-performance has been set?

The position of Auditor could be one of the most important in the City's check-and-balance scheme. It's hard to see that that point-of-view has been prevalent in the last few auditor selections.

Wonder how long this one will last?

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Posted by Part time PR
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 2, 2014 at 11:15 pm

A couple of auditors I remember also served as PR flacks. They told us how wonderful Palo Alto is.
Mr Keene selects people who will obey, and admire is leadership. We'll see if this new auditor does it too.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 3, 2014 at 4:39 am

The City Auditor isn't hired by and doesn't report to Keene (although I'm sure Keene would prefer it that way). He/she reports to the Council. If you actually read through the long and boring audit reports, you would see that the auditor's office has reported on a lot of problems in the City. You have to think beyond the report to the root of the problems and also look behind the spin that Keene and his lackeys put on the issues identified in the reports. How many times will the council accept "limited resources" as an excuse for waste and abuse in the city.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 3, 2014 at 5:47 am

People's Republic of Berkeley? PR flacks? Lackeys? Keep 'em coming guys.

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