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Santa Monica Seeks Applicants for New Audit Subcommittee

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By Lookout Staff

August 6, 2015 -- Applicants who wish to serve on the City of Santa Monica’s newly formed Audit Subcommittee have until next Tuesday to submit their applications, City officials said.

City residents over the age of 18 may apply for positions on the five-member subcommittee regardless of race, age, sex, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation or disability, according to the application.

The subcommittee will include three Council members – Pam O’Connor, Sue Himmelrich and Tony Vazquez -- and two members of the community are experts in governance and have auditing experience, officials said. The City Council will make the two appointments.

“These positions require special expertise,” the application reads. It asks applicants to “list any technical or professional requirements you have relative to the duties of the Audit Subcommittee.”

“Personal qualities identified in the criteria include leadership, creativity, and innovation as well as the ability to work effectively in a group setting and an ability to balance competing needs,” according to the application.

Applicants are asked to provide examples of how they have demonstrated those qualities and to describe their “qualifications, experience, and education.”

The Audit Subcommittee, which was proposed in the wake of harsh criticisms of the City’s finance and governance practices, will act as a watchdog of auditors, although it will not engage in auditing itself.

The subcommittee – which will oversee audits of Santa Monica’s $1.1 billion biennial budget -- will meet three times a year, officials said.

The completed application forms are public records, officials said. Those appointed will be required to file Conflict of Interest disclosure statements that are also public records.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. August 11 to the City Clerk’s office. The applications can be submitted via email, mail, fax, or in person. Contact information is: City of Santa Monica City Clerk’s office, 1685 Main Street, #102, Santa Monica, CA 90401;; phone (310) 458-8211; fax: 310-394-2962.

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