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Thursday, May 9, 2019

COMPTON—The City of Compton is undertaking several efforts to address findings in a 2018 State Audit Report. Mayor Aja Brown, the City’s independent auditors, City Controller, Rafaela King and City Manager, Cecil Rhambo met with the State Controller’s Office April 11, 2019 to provide a comprehensive update on progress toward addressing concerns raised by the audit. The update included information on the City’s planned use of Measure P funding over five years, significant staffing and structural changes at the City’s Controller’s Office, and formal timelines for addressing each audit finding, among other audit-related items. This was the second update meeting between the City and the State Controller’s Office.

In a communication to the City, a Bureau Chief from the State Controller’s Office noted that the City’s update “…demonstrated the serious commitment by the city to improving its financial conditions, recognizing that it will take time to fully address the prior findings and problems…” The representative also applauded the city for its transparency in reporting on its finances and audit-related activities to the State.

“We are on schedule with our turnaround strategy designed to comprehensively address fiscal concerns from many years prior and implement new policies and best practices to secure our city’s financial future,” said Mayor Brown. “This is a top priority for the City and we are encouraged by the feedback from the State Controller’s Office that our team is on track. The City Council views the State’s audit as an opportunity, which has yielded the forensic assessment and cooperation needed. We are looking forward to continuing to move forward with greater fiscal strength and transparency.”