The San Diego City Council’s Audit Committee Wednesday announced it has named Kyle Elser as interim city auditor by a unanimous vote, 5-0.
Elser, who is currently the assistant city auditor, takes over for Eduardo Luna, who has held the post since 2009. Luna announced in August that he planned to vacate his office Sept. 28 to take an auditor position with the city of Beverly Hills.
This is Elser’s second appointment as an interim auditor. He served from April to September 2007 until Luna was hired to be the city’s permanent internal auditor, which reported to the mayor or city manager at the time. Luna subsequently became San Diego’s first city auditor when the City Council established the Independent Office of the City Auditor during a period of financial tumult under former Mayor Jerry Sanders. Luna called the appointment of Elser “fitting” given their history working together.
“I’ve worked with Eduardo for nearly 10 years and I’ve learned so much from him and his leadership,” Elser said. “The biggest thing he did is he put together a great team that we work with. Our staff are just outstanding so I think it’ll be easy to keep things going until a new city auditor is selected.”
Elser will take over the position on Oct. 1 and hold the office until the audit committee can find a permanent replacement. Elser said he does not plan to seek the permanent position and prefers to work “behind the scenes” rather than running the office.
“I think you’re perfectly suited to step forward, everybody felt very comfortable,” committee Chairwoman Lorie Zapf told Elser.
–City News Service
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