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Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

Promoting open and accountable government

Trump Campaign pays Police Bureau’s security bill

As a profession, auditing is often about sowing seeds and waiting (sometimes waiting for a long time) for results. Sometimes results from years-ago audits show up today, and we can track improvements over time.

But for one recent audit, our results were much more immediate, specific, and unquestionably caused by our audit work. In April, we issued an audit on presidential campaign visits. We found that in recent years, the City had spent at least $180,000 on protecting candidates campaigning or fundraising in Portland, but had not sought reimbursement. Police officers either worked overtime, which is an added cost to the City’s budget, or they were drawn away from their regular duties. We recommended that the City follow its policy and charge political campaigns or their organizers for the City’s cost.

In response, the Police Bureau agreed with our recommendation.  In June, they billed a candidate’s campaign for more than $18,000 to cover Portland’s cost of sending police officers to Eugene, where they provided public safety services at a campaign rally. 

In August, the campaign sent a check for the billed amount to the Police Bureau.

We’ll follow up more fully after Portland has billed for the costs of any other candidate visits this campaign season. We appreciate the Police Bureau’s efforts to implement our audit recommendations and are pleased with the immediate impact of our audit and the resulting reimbursement to Portland for its overtime costs to provide City services for campaign events.

-- Drummond Kahn and Minh Dan Vuong, Audit Services

Input sought for police accountability changes

City Council will hold a town hall meeting Monday, August 1, to solicit opinions about potential changes to the police accountability system to ensure compliance with the Department of Justice settlement agreement. The subject of the town hall is a proposal to streamline the complaint review process.

Portland Community College

Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth

Terrell Hall, Room 122

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

You also can submit your views in writing to the Mayor and Commissioners if you are unable to attend the town hall. Find their contact information here.

Have you requested an ADA accommodation from the City? We'd like to hear from you.

We have an audit underway to assess Portland's response to the Americans with Disabilities Act. We are looking for 10 individuals with disabilities willing to share their experiences about accessing City services, facilities, and/or infrastructure.

Contact Kristine Adams-Wannberg in Audit Services at kristine.adams-wannberg@portlandoregon.gov if you are interested in providing information for the audit. Your participation will involve a 30-minute interview, and your identity will not be disclosed. We also will provide a token of our appreciation for your help!

This is a great opportunity to share your direct experiences interacting with City services. Please note this audit applies only to City services. It does not include Multnomah County or TriMet services.

-- Kristine Adams-Wannberg, Audit Services

New report outlines trends in Portland’s police accountability system

The Auditor’s Independent Police Review published its 2015 annual report today. It provides an overview of the people and processes involved in Portland’s police accountability system, data trends, and selected summaries to illustrate the types of complaints received last year.

Compared to 2014:

  • Complaints from community members were up;
  • Complaints from Police Bureau employees were down;
  • More complaints were investigated fully, but fewer allegations were sustained
  • Police shootings were up;
  • Investigations were completed more quickly;
  • Independent Police Review dismissed fewer complaints at the intake stage;
  • Independent Police Review investigated more cases itself and referred more cases to the Police Bureau’s Internal Affairs.

African-Americans, Native Americans and those who identify as another race or ethnicity filed higher proportions of complaints than their presence in Portland’s general population. More men than women filed complaints. These demographic results were consistent with historical patterns.

Find a copy of the report here.

We're hiring an analyst for Independent Police Review

Salary range:  $63,426 - $84,557

Opening date: July 18, 2016

Closing date:  July 29, 2016

The management analyst position in the City Auditor’s Independent Police Review is responsible for analyzing, maintaining, and reporting trend and other data related to police misconduct complaints and commendations. The management analyst provides quantitative analyses that form the basis of policy reviews and recommendations made by Auditor’s Office staff or a volunteer advisory committee to the Portland Police Bureau. The management analyst prepares annual and quarterly reports, ensures the integrity of data in the case management system, responds to requests for information and completes other duties as assigned.

Portland’s City Auditor is an elected position. Independent Police Review is one of eight divisions in the Auditor’s Office, the mission of which is to promote government accountability and transparency. The Auditor's Office values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in delivering public services and everyday interactions in the workplace. The Auditor encourages candidates with experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply.

The position and minimum requirements will be posted on the City of Portland’s jobs web page on July 18.