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Who Appointed the New Acting City Auditor?

Original post made by Herb Borock, Professorville, on Sep 13, 2013

The City of Palo Alto's Chief Communications Officer issued a press release yesterday announcing that some anonymous individual or legislative body appointed an Acting City Auditor.

Only the City Council can appoint the City Auditor; the appointment must be made in a properly noticed meeting held in accordance with the State of California's open meeting law, the Ralph M. Brown Act; and the compensation for this position that is not represented by a union must be determined in an open meeting.

The City Auditor who is leaving employment lacks the authority to appoint his own replacement, because the position of City Auditor is defined in the City Charter as a Council Appointed Officer.

The City Council has not held a properly noticed meeting with an agenda item for the appointment of an Acting City Auditor.

The City Council has not held an open meeting to set the compensation of an Acting City Auditor.

The City Council did hold a Closed Meeting on September 5, 2013, to discuss "Public Employee Performance Evaluation (Exit Review), Title: City Auditor", but that agenda description had nothing to do with the appointment of an Acting City Auditor.

The fact that the September 12, 2013, press release fails to state who appointed Acting City Auditor Boussina, but simply contains a quotation from City Auditor Pelletier, rather than from the Mayor who is the authorized representative of the City Council that is the only legal appointee authority, indicates to me that somebody in City Hall knows that proper procedures were not followed for this appointment.

September 5, 2013, City Council agenda: Web Link

September 12, 2013, press release: Web Link


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 13, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Good for you Herb!! You've been one of our Class A watchdogs for years. Keep at it. This bunch at City Hall will try to get by with just about anything- trouble is they don't even KNOW what they do may be Illegal. !! Total incompetency at City Hall. How do we 'clean house' - top down?

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Posted by Auditor interview
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

Thanks to Herb Borock. It would be very interesting to have an exit interview with the Auditor. Maybe by the newspaper?

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

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Posted by Social impact
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Sep 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Not social cues, ideology nor political power should hinder proper, legal process by city government and management.

Our city government is pulled many directions, and law must be its guide.

Otherwise we're left with a free for all.