Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 | Your story on the Charter Review Committee reported that this mayor-appointed bunch wants the mayor to appoint the City Auditor. This conflicts with the practice in the nine biggest cities in the United States. None of their auditors are appointed by the mayor, since the auditor will be auditing the mayor’s employees. The five biggest cities elect their auditors, the others use city council appointment. The Review Committee tries to soften this obvious conflict of interest by saying the mayor will “consult” with an audit committee, but “consult” is not defined. The Charter Review Committee just barely approved a mayor appointed auditor by a vote of 7 to 6.

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