In 1983, the citizens of the City of Bremerton voted to change their form of government. They thought it important to have an independent internal City Auditor included in the City Charter (PDF).
Role of the City Auditor
The Audit Committee appoints the City Auditor and the Auditor reports to the Audit Committee to ensure independence and objectivity. As an independent advisor and consultant, the City Auditor conducts independent compliance and performance audits designed to add value and improve the City’s operations. These audits are also to assure citizens, elected city officials, and management that municipal departments are utilizing resources in an effective and efficient manner.
Audit Work Plan
In January, a yearly work plan for the City Auditor is approved by the Audit Committee. Requests for assistance from city departments or organizations are referred to the Audit Committee for approval to add to the work plan. City Auditor reports can be accessed here.
The City Auditor is also charged, by ordinance, with the responsibility of investigating ethics complaints under the city's Ethics Code (Bremerton Municipal Code Chapter 2.96). Any complaint by either a citizen or a City employee must be reported in writing to the City Clerk, who refers it to the Mayor, who then refers it to the City Auditor for investigation.