A quick public service announcement: The city of San Diego needs a resident to serve in a public oversight role for its finances.

The resident would serve on the city’s Audit Committee, which was created in the wake of the financial and legal scandal that struck the city earlier this decade.

The position’s responsibilities include a four-year appointment, auditing city finances, reviewing the work of the city auditor and resolving any disputes between city management and the outside auditor. Meetings are held once a month in City Hall.

You need to have more than 10 years of experience in accounting, auditing, financial or legal management to become a public member of the Audit Committee. It is comprised of two council members and three public members, but a public member is vacating the position at the end of 2010.

The city council will select a qualified candidate before January 2011.

Public positions on the committee were established with the passage of Proposition C in 2008 after the city voted to add additional oversight to the committee’s board originally comprised of three council members.

“The importance of having public members is to interject significant audit related expertise into the committee,” Office of the Independent Budget Analyst Jeff Kawar said in a press release.

You can apply at www.sdauditcommittee.org. The deadline is Nov. 12.

Please contact Ashlie Rodriguez directly at ashlie.rodriguez@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0525.

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