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Mayor Hardberger announces committee to review auditor role

SAN ANTONIO, TX.– Mayor Phil Hardberger today announced the formation of an ad hoc committee to clarify the role of the City’s independent auditor.

“The position of independent auditor is crucial to the efficiency of city government,” said Mayor Hardberger, who will chair the committee. “We should be clear and in agreement on the functions of that job.”

The committee of seven will include three members of the community, the Mayor and three City Council members: Councilman Philip Cortez, Councilwoman Jennifer Ramos and Councilman John Clamp. Councilwoman Delicia Herrera, who serves on the Audit Subcommittee with Councilman Clamp, will serve as his alternate on the ad hoc committee. Interim Auditor Park Pearson will assist with information.

The committee will meet as needed in open session between now and the end of September, when it will make recommendations to City Council. Those recommendations include clarifying the role of the auditor and the relationship of the City Council to that position. The committee will also recommend a process for hiring a permanent auditor.

The City Auditor position was authorized by San Antonio voters in 2001. The department, with a budget of $2.9 million, now has 25 employees, including seven CPAs, seven MBAs and nine trained Certified Internal Auditors. Staff follows government auditing standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.