Committee on Performance Auditing

Purpose and Background

In April 2020, the Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31941 with the intent to establish a more efficient and efficacious city government. The Resolution establishes a working group, who together will produce a set of recommendations for the Council to consider this fall.

The working group, established by Resolution as part of the Committee on Performance Auditing, will meet between April and July of 2020 and is expected to report back on July 31st of this year. The group's recommendations will be delivered to members of the City Council as a basis for subsequent legislation and a fiscal requests to the Mayor's budget.

Members of the Working Group

Cheryle Broom

Cheryle Broom

Cheryle Broom directed organizations that contributed to significant public service improvements and cost savings. Among other oversight positions held, Cheryle has served as: King County Auditor, First Deputy Inspector General of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Legislative Auditor for the Washington State Legislature.

At the national and international levels Cheryle is recognized for advancing performance auditing, performance management and accountability. For example, Cheryle provided consulting through the International Institute Graduate School, and was a founding member and chair of the American Society for Public Administration's Center for Accountability and Performance. She has collaborated on developing training materials and programs.

Recently Cheryle co-authored a research paper published in the International Journal of Community Well-Being on integrating community indicators with performance measurement. Cheryle's resume provides further details on her career, volunteer work, publications and awards.

Cheryle has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington, and is a Certified Government Financial Manager and Certified Inspector General. In 2008 Cheryle was inducted as a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.

Justin Marlowe

Justin Marlowe

Justin Marlowe is a Research Professor at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. From 2009 to 2020 served on the faculty at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington. His research and teaching are focused on public finance, and he has published five books and more than 100 articles on public capital markets, local financial performance, performance auditing, financial disclosure, and related topics. He is an admitted expert witness in federal and state courts, and has served on technical advisory bodies for the State of Washington, the California State Auditor, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, and many other public and private organizations. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager and an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Lavonne Griffin-Valade

Lavonne Griffin-Valade

LaVonne Griffin-Valade worked as a local government performance auditor for sixteen years, retiring as the elected City Auditor of the City of Portland, Oregon in December 2014. Prior to holding that position, LaVonne served as the elected Multnomah County Auditor. LaVonne worked as a Senior Management Auditor in the Multnomah County Auditor's Office for eight years before being elected Multnomah County Auditor.

LaVonne received a Master of Public Administration degree in 1997 from Portland State University and received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree in 2017 from Portland State University.

LaVonne was born and raised in the eastern Oregon town of John Day and has lived in the Portland area since 979. LaVonne recently completed a novel that is out on speculation to publishers.

Shaun Van Eyk

Shaun Van Eyk

Shaun is an attorney licensed in Washington state working as a union representative for PROTEC17, the largest union of City of Seattle employees. Shaun also serves as the Co-Chair of the Coalition of City Unions as well as the Labor Co-Chair of the City's Healthcare Committee (HC2).

Estela Ortega

Estela Ortega

Estela Ortega is the Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza. She has actively engaged in coalition building, political advocacy and strategic development while working at El Centro de la Raza, distinguishing herself as one of the organization's most effective leaders and as a respected community organizer.

Estela Ortega also serves on various boards and committees in the areas of civil rights, education, transportation, economic development and the environment. Ortega has received numerous recognitions and awards throughout her distinguished career with the most recent ones are being named one of the Seattle Times 13 Most Influential People of the Decade, the 2019 Northwest Progressive Institute award, 2018 NFL Hispanic Leadership award, and the 2018 Seattle Met Magazine 50 most influential women in Seattle who have shaped Seattle, the region and beyond.

Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas

Bob has 36 years' experience as a performance auditor and administrator for both King County and the State of Washington, and as a private consultant serving state and local legislatures.

David Jones

David Jones

David Jones joined Seattle's Office of City Auditor in April 1996, and is currently serving as the City Auditor. He was appointed to his first four-year term by the Seattle City Council in December 2009, was reappointed to a second term in September 2013, and was reappointed to a third term in October 2017. Before his initial appointment as City Auditor, he served as the Deputy City Auditor starting in January 1998.

Before coming to Seattle, Mr. Jones worked for two years with the State of Washington's Office of Financial Management and 11 years with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), including a two-year tour with GAO's Latin America Office in the Republic of Panama.

Mr. Jones received a bachelor's degree from Haverford College, and a master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. He has served as a member of the Peer Review Committee of the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) and as chair of ALGA's Advocacy Committee. Mr. Jones is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).

Lisa Judge

Lisa Judge

Lisa A. Judge brings over 20 years of experience as a Principal Assistant City Attorney for the City of Tucson and senior in-house counsel to the Tucson Police Department. Lisa provided legal and management advice to the chief of police and senior commanders as well as legal assistance and training in areas such as Constitutional law with a focus on the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, use of force investigations, criminal law, and labor-management. Lisa was also an ACLU-approved trainer for court-ordered training on Fourth Amendment law and anti-bias for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. She is dedicated to constitutional policing; reducing and eliminating unlawful uses of force, stops, searches, arrests, and bias in policing; and increasing positive police interactions for persons with mental illness. Lisa earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona. She and her partner Kimberly enjoy spending time with their son and furry kids. 

Andrew Lewis, Chair

Andrew Lewis, Chair

Andrew Lewis has served as a member of the Seattle City Council since January of 2020. Prior to his service on the City Council Andrew represented the people of Seattle in court as an assistant city attorney, and as a member of the Seattle Human Rights Commission.

Draft Scope of Work and Schedule

The draft schedule of the working group for the Select Committee on Performance Auditing is below and available as a PDF. The Committee's meetings will be accessible to the public and recordings of the meetings will be made available to the public. Exact meeting dates are pending.

DATE LOCATION DRAFT AGENDA
Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 2-4pm

Online / Zoom Meeting

Watch a video recording of the 4/30/2020 meeting

  1. Chair Welcome
  2. Member Introductions
  3. Scope of Work
  4. Approve Committee Bylaws, including decision making protocol
  5. Overviews of Office of City Auditor and Office of Inspector General

Materials: Resolution, Scope of Work and Schedule, Draft Bylaws, OCA & OIG Presentations

Thursday, May 14
2:00 - 4:00pm

Online / Zoom Meeting

Watch a video recording of the 5/14/2020 meeting

  1. Chair's Report
  2. Review Background Report
    1. Summary Presentation
    2. Questions/Answers
  3. Discussion:
    1. Benefits and Challenges of Performance Audits
    2. Best use of consultants
    3. Best practices/other models

Materials: Background Report, Meeting Notes, Memo: Seattle Auditing Practices

Thursday, May 28
12:00 - 2:00pm

Online / Zoom Meeting

Click here to join the meeting online or call in using the information below:

  • Phone Number: 1-253-215-8782
  • Meeting ID: 845-0739-9840
  • Password: 001533

The public is welcome to attend or listen to all committee meetings. Please note that there is no public participation.

  1. Chair's Report
  2. Issue Identification
    1. Best use of consultants
    2. Best practices/other models
    3. Areas for improvement

Materials: Meeting Notes, Race and Social Justice Initiative Toolkit, Discussion Notes from May 14

June 2020
1st Meeting
Online
  1. Chair's Report
  2. Issue Identification:
    1. Draft Issue Identification Paper
    2. Implementation considerations
  3. Discussion:
    • Evaluation criteria and methodology

Materials: Draft Areas for Improvement, Meeting Notes

June 2020
2nd Meeting
Online
  1. Chair's Report
  2. Issue Identification:
    1. Draft Issue Identification Paper
    2. Capacity and Resources
  3. Prioritization of improvements

Materials: Draft Issue ID Paper, Prioritization Tool, Notes from last meeting

July 2020
1st Meeting
Online
  1. Chair's Report
  2. Review Draft Working Group Report

Materials: Draft Working Group Report, Notes from last meeting

July 2020
2nd Meeting
Online
  1. Chair's Report
  2. Approve Final Working Group Report (vote)

Materials: Final Working Group Report, Meeting Notes