Both the City Treasurer and City Auditor have run for re-election pretty much unopposed since the early 90s. This year should be different given that the wonkiest elected official ever, Mike McMahon, has announced his intention to run for the City Auditor seat. Not just that, if elected, he’s promised that one of his first actions will be to examine whether or not the role of City Auditor is actually necessary given the complexity of City finances and budgets.
It’s been a long long time since the elected Auditor has actually rolled up his/her sleeves and actual sat down to do the audit him/herself. Side note: has there ever been an elected lady Auditor? I’m guessing no.
It appears that the City Auditor’s job is literally to just hire the independent auditing firm which, honestly, you could just roll into the job of the City Treasurer since — as I mentioned above — the City Auditor is not really doing all the auditing alone. Just to show how far removed the elected City Auditor is from the actual audits, the audits themselves are not even found on the City Auditor webpage. See?
I even opened that “Key Documents” tab in case you were saying “hey Lauren, maybe the audit is under Key Documents.” They’re not.
Guess where the audits live? Under the Finance Department’s webpage:
It would have been fairly easy for the City to have indicated to the web content person to cross link the audits on the City Auditor’s page just so that there some claim to ownership and maybe they will after this post. But the fact that it wasn’t something that was deemed a priority when the website was redesigned shows you how much ownership the elected City Auditor really has on the process of the audit.