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PRESS RELEASE 08/15/2013
Subject :

Palo Alto City Auditor Resigns to Join Institute of Internal Auditors
Contact : Claudia Keith, Chief Communications Officer    650-329-2607
Palo Alto, CA – City Auditor James Pelletier has resigned from his position with the City effective September 13 to join the Institute of Internal Auditors, where he will lead the creation of The American Center for Government Auditing. The IIA is an international professional association with more than 180,000 members worldwide. Pelletier joined the City in January 2012, and previously served as the Chief of Audits for the San Diego County Office of Audits and Advisory Services. 

"We would like to thank Jim for his professionalism and collaborative approach, and wish him the very best in his new position and career opportunity," said Mayor Greg Scharff. An acting City Auditor is expected to be appointed until Council can name an interim or a permanent replacement is hired.     

The Office of the City Auditor (OCA) conducts performance audits and reviews of City departments, programs, and services. Performance audits provide the City Council, City management, and the public with independent and objective information regarding the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of City programs and activities. The OCA coordinates the annual citizen survey and issues the annual City of Palo Alto Service Efforts and Accomplishments report summarizing costs, workload, and performance results for City services with selected data for the last five years.

The position of City Auditor is one of four Council Appointed Officers who report directly to the City Council and also includes the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk.   

For more information on the City Auditor's office, go here