The city attorney is requesting specifically, through a judicial declaration, confirmation that voters, in adopting the city’s charter, did not intend for the controller to perform audits of the offices of other elected city officials and be the only office exempt from scrutiny.
“The charter is our city’s constitution, and for the City Attorney’s Office, job number one is upholding it. The charter denies the controller the authority to conduct performance audits on other elected officials . . . The framers of the charter, and the voters who approved it, wisely placed such limits on the controller to prevent political mischief. It is the voters’ job to evaluate their elected officials,” said Nick Velasquez, a spokesperson for the City Attorney’s Office.