The city of San Diego’s comptroller, Greg Levin, announced this week that he is leaving the city to be the CFO of the Campanile Foundation at San Diego State University.

Among other tasks, Levin has been in charge in recent years of overseeing the city’s effort to complete the audits that were preventing it from regaining its credit rating and borrowing money on Wall Street. The audits are now completed and the city is working to rejoin Wall Street; it has been banished from borrowing money on the public markets since 2004.

He was also one of many members of the city’s upper management, which has experienced frequent turnover under Sanders, who were in charge of implementing its massive new software program.

Levin joined the city in the wake of its financial meltdown, coming with former Auditor John Torrell from Santa Barbara. Torrell returned to Santa Barbara after a brief tenure in San Diego that was marked by struggles with Mayor Jerry Sanders over his independence.

Here’s an excerpt from Levin’s farewell e-mail:

I truly enjoyed working with all you and I am really proud of what we achieved together.  There are so many brilliant and talented people at the City and that is the part about the City that I will miss the most.  Working in government has always been about public service for me and I plan to continue that service with the community through my new job and by getting involved in other organizations.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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