Thanks for all your comments. Most, if not all, who responded agree that we need auditor independence.

Reader True Facts wrote: 

“We need the facts. The City Manager never appointed the City Auditor and Comptroller.

Response: True Facts is correct. Until the change in governance structure, it was the mayor and city council who appointed the city auditor. Thanks for catching my error and also agreeing that the auditor should not be appointed by the mayor.

Reader … and the answer is wrote:

“Donna, So what is the plan to get this problem resolved? How can constituents help?”

Response: It is my recommendation that the city auditor be elected by the public. At the very least, neither the mayor nor any member of management should be involved in the selection of the auditor. The public can help by showing up and speaking at the city council meetings when this subject is addressed. The public can also send e-mails, letters, faxes and call the city council to express their views. You can also call five friends and ask them to do the same. You can start petitions and gather signatures.  Bottom line is we need public participation. If all else fails and this goes on the ballot (allowing the mayor to appoint the city auditor) the public can vote no.

 Reader Wide Awake wrote:

“Is it too late to put together a referendum initiative to Demand that the City Auditor be elected by the people?”

Response: Nope, it’s not too late. The city council still needs to vote on putting this on the ballot. Please see my response to and the answer is.

— DONNA FRYE

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