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IIA Responds to Fort Lauderdale Mayor's Concerning Comments about City Auditor's Independence

Communications Feb 22, 2022

Public Statement by Anthony Pugliese, President & CEO of The Institute of Internal Auditors:

LAKE MARY, Fla. (February 22, 2022) – The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) has learned that the City Commissioners of Fort Lauderdale, Florida recently voted to terminate one of our members, John Herbst, after 16 years of employment as the City Auditor. The stated reason cited for the abrupt termination was that the City Auditor was conducting an investigation of the city’s police chief based on an anonymous complaint. 

In the course of publicly discussing the decision, Mayor Dean J. Trantalis stated, “Our auditor, that we hire, is to handle matters that we want investigated.” This statement is troubling and conflicts with the independent watchdog role the City Auditor plays, as documented in the City Auditor’s Office Charter. The charter states:

“All audit activities shall remain free of influence by any element in the organization, including matters of audit selection, scope, procedures, frequency, timing, or report content to permit maintenance of an independent and objective mental attitude necessary in rendering reports.”

While management has input into the internal audit process, they do not control it. The IIA strongly believes that an independent audit function in government helps protect taxpayer dollars and ensures that governments are transparent and accountable to the public. We urge the Mayor and the City of Fort Lauderdale to affirm the need for independence in the City Auditor role.

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The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association that serves more than 215,000 global members and has awarded 180,000 Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certifications worldwide. Established in 1941, The IIA is recognized as the internal audit profession's leader in standards, certification, education, research, and technical guidance throughout the world. For more information, visit https://www.theiia.org.


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