Who will audit Eugene’s auditor?

In the November 27, 2017, issue of the Register-Guard, Eugene resident Thomas Nelson writes in a letter:

Eugene voters considering establishing an “independent” elected city auditor should consider the risks of having an un-audited auditor.

A recent AP story reports: “[Troy] Kelley, a Democratic state lawmaker from Tacoma who was elected [Washington state] auditor in 2012, was charged in 2015 with possessing stolen money, laundering money, lying under oath and filing false income tax returns. He maintains he did nothing wrong.”

I want to see greater accountability and transparency in city government. I believe that some form of a performance auditor would serve the community well.

But I will be voting no this May on the ill-conceived proposal for an auditor subject to no checks and balances on potential abuses of power.

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