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History of the Office

As part of Measure M, a government reform package passed in February 2008, Section 902.1 of the City Charter establishes the City Auditor position as a charter officer who is appointed by and reports directly to the City Council. The intent was to allow for the provision of independent information to the City Council.  On September 2, 2008 the City Council appointed its first independent City Auditor.  In 2011, the Council hired the Seattle-based CPA firm, Moss Adams, to provide internal audit services to the City on an outsourced basis.  In June of 2017 the City Council voted to bring the audit responsibilities for the City back in-house and re-established the position of City Auditor to allow for more accountability to the City Council.