Eugene trying to create position of city's independent auditor
EUGENE, Ore. - Some of Eugene's residents are trying to create a new position that would serve as the city's independent auditor.
The group, called "City Accountability," is aiming to collect 10,000 signatures and put the new position on the May, 2018 ballot.
Bonny McCornack, former City Councilor and one of three chief petitioners, says there's a need to restore transparency and accountability in local government spending and operations.
They believe that electing an independent auditor would help do that.
On Thursday, McCornack met with a group specially appointed by Mayor Lucy Vinis to discuss and review terms of what would go on the ballot, and also how the city would add it's own auditor role.
The group was formed to study how other cities utilize an auditor, and what exactly the position would entail.
But McCornack says she's concerned that a private group selected by the mayor could have a possible conflict of interest when sharing results with the council.
"So, it's that pretense of it being a private study group," says McCornack. "It blurs the lines between what's public and what's private."
So far, the study group has looked at how a few cities, like Berkley, CA., and Portland have handled their auditor positions. They plan to gather more information on other cities as well.
"City Accountability" will continue to gather signatures until the October 12 deadline.
For more information about their initiative, head to nbc16.com.