Responsibility and Authority

Oakland City Auditor Courtney A. Ruby, CPA, CFE, was elected by the voters of Oakland in November 2006. The City Auditor works for and reports to the citizens of Oakland. As an independently elected official, the City Auditor is able to be objective, impartial and resolute when reviewing City-related business and program activities.

Your City Auditor is not connected to any other City departments. In order to maintain
objectivity, she has no responsibilities in the day-to-day financial and accounting operations of the City of Oakland. This autonomy allows her to remain independent and unbiased in her role as Oakland's full-time watchdog - focused on ensuring that tax dollars and other resources are spent in the public's interest.

The City Auditor's job is to analyze the City's operations and programs, as well as to issue reports to the public, elected decision-makers and City administration - detailing her findings, conclusions and recommendations. Once issued, all reports are available to the public from this website.

The City Auditor has the power and the duty to audit the books, accounts, money and securities for all City agencies and departments. The Oakland City Auditor also conducts surveys, reviews and audits that are in the best interest of the public. There's nothing in Oakland City government that the City Auditor cannot look into.

The City Auditor welcomes and encourages requests for audits and reviews from Oakland citizens, the Mayor, City Council, the City Administrator and City employees.

For more detailed information on the duties and responsibilities of the City Auditor, please see the Oakland City Charter.