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Adding a City Auditor Position -- Reporting to Council

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:46:26 -0700

Hello Council,

     Would Council consider discussing the idea of adding a City Auditor
position reporting directly to Council? Members of the public have
suggested an overall performance/efficiency review of the City's staff
organization, as it's large when compared with other cities our size. Some
have suggested an overall organizational efficiency or performance audit.
However, finding that type of consultant may not be easy -- if possible.

   Adding a City Auditor would accomplish that same goal (over time) while
providing an independent source of objective information for Council's
decision-making purposes. While some City departments have had performance
reviews, those were different in scope and purpose than ones that would be
conducted by a City Auditor reporting to Council. Please see *Palo Alto's
<https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/aud/default.asp>City Auditor page
with the summary below.* Please let me know if you would like more
information on this topic.

    The below chart, from the Zip Codes for MP page,
<https://www.zip-codes.com/city/ca-menlo-park.asp> lists the City's
population as being 40,526. In the next Census, it might even approach
45,000. We are becoming large enough in size to warrant our own City
Menlo Park, CA Covers 4 ZIP Codes
*ZIP Code* *Type* *County* *Population* *Area Code(s)*
ZIP Code 94025 <https://www.zip-codes.com/zip-code/94025/zip-code-94025.asp>
Standard San Mateo <https://www.zip-codes.com/county/ca-san-mateo.asp>
40,526 650 <https://www.zip-codes.com/area-code/area-code-650.asp>
ZIP Code 94026 <https://www.zip-codes.com/zip-code/94026/zip-code-94026.asp>
Box San Mateo <https://www.zip-codes.com/county/ca-san-mateo.asp> 0 650
ZIP Code 94027 <https://www.zip-codes.com/zip-code/94027/zip-code-94027.asp>
Standard San Mateo <https://www.zip-codes.com/county/ca-san-mateo.asp> 7,089
650 <https://www.zip-codes.com/area-code/area-code-650.asp>
ZIP Code 94028 <https://www.zip-codes.com/zip-code/94028/zip-code-94028.asp>
Standard San Mateo <https://www.zip-codes.com/county/ca-san-mateo.asp> 6,534
650 <https://www.zip-codes.com/area-code/area-code-650.asp>
Lynne Bramlett
*Palo Alto City Auditor Position *

*"To promote honest, efficient, effective, and fully accountable city

The Office of the [Palo Alto] City Auditor (OCA) conducts *performance
audits and reviews of City departments, programs, and services.*
Performance audits provide the City Council, City management, and the
public *with independent and objective information regarding the economy,
efficiency, and effectiveness of City programs and activities. *The OCA
coordinates the *annual citizen survey *and issues the annual City of Palo
Alto Service Efforts and Accomplishments report summarizing costs,
workload, and *performance results* for City services with selected data
for the last five years.

The OCA contracts with an independent certified public accountant for the
City’s annual external financial audit. The OCA also conducts and
coordinates revenue monitoring in areas such as sales and use tax, property
tax, transient occupancy tax and utility user’s tax.

Each fiscal year, the *OCA presents an annual audit work plan for City
Council approva*l. The OCA *reports quarterly to the City Council *on the
status of audit projects and annually on the *status of open audit
Received on Wed Jul 24 2019 - 15:40:25 PDT

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