In the December 1, 2017, issue of the Register-Guard, Eugene resident and former Ward 1 city councilor George Brown writes in a letter:
In his Nov. 27 letter to the editor, Thomas Nelson asks: “Who will audit Eugene’s auditor?”
The answer to that question is found in Section 5.6 of the charter amendment that will be before voters in May: “The activities of the City Auditor’s Office shall be subject to peer review in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing standards and by a professional, nonpartisan objective group utilizing generally recognized guidelines specific to local government auditing… .”
Our auditor will be elected by Eugene’s voters and can be recalled or voted out of office. Naturally, the auditor, like any person, can be prosecuted for criminal malfeasance.
In short, outside peer review, the ballot box and our justice system are the mechanisms that will provide sufficient oversight for our auditor’s office.