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Palo Alto welcomes new city auditor

Original post made on Apr 8, 2014

Palo Alto's new city auditor, Harriet Richardson, made her local debut on Monday when the City Council unanimously approved her contract and welcomed her to City Hall.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:47 AM

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Yeah, we'll see about this!


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm

While it will take Ms. Richardson a few months to get her feet on the ground, she would be well advised to get out of her office, walk around the city, talk to the residents and business owners, and then observe the government operations first hand.

The last auditor--also approved by the city council--was a real disappointment. Since all city councils do when presented with a candidate for these positions is rubber stamp what the city manager proposes--their comments are pretty meaningless.

The auditor could be one of the most important officials, if they would get their hands dirty and their feet wet. But staying in their offices, and generating meaningless reports isn't helping the taxpayers--who really need better insight into what is happening at city hall.


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Posted by OY!
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 8, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Another one of Keene's unemployed friends gets a six figure income courtesy of Palo Alto taxpayers. The Council and Keene seem to be looking for the perfect "yes" man to write reports on what a great job they are doing. Unfortunately, the past auditors hired were professionals and had integrity which seems to have been an impediment in their employment according to Council and Keene I am sure the new auditor will fit in well with Keene's shadow organization of overpaid managers who simply nod their head in agreement and offer no solutions or criticism. What a pity!


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Posted by Pat Burt
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm

@Joe
FYI, the city manager does not make recommendations for hiring the city auditor. The city council hires a search firm, narrows the candidate pool, does the interviews and makes the selection.
@OY
The new city auditor was not unemployed at the time of her hire here and her employment didn't cross paths with Jim Keene in Berkeley.
We all have a right to our own opinion, but not our own facts.


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Posted by Failed economist with lazy DIL
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Oy! -- why don't you provide the proof for,your claims, now that pat Burt has called you on them.


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Posted by Failed economist with lazy DIL
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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