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City Auditor Resigns


Jeff Litchfield, City Auditor for the City of Colorado Springs, notified City Council members of his decision to resign his position effective Feb. 3, 2010.  Litchfield has accepted the position of assistant finance director with the City of Tacoma, WA.

Said Mayor Lionel Rivera, "During his tenure, Jeff has done a very good job of supporting City Council as we govern and oversee all functional areas of the City, Memorial Health System and Colorado Springs Utilities. He has grown the auditor's office into a highly trained, top-notch group of professionals who are well prepared to continue outstanding work without missing a beat."

Litchfield was named City Auditor in June 2004, after a nation-wide search by City Council, and served in that position for more than five years.  He led the effort to make all of the auditor's reports public and established a Web site (cityauditor.org) to post documents since March 2006.  In addition, he created an anonymous phone line (385-ADTR) for employees and citizens to use to report suspected wrongdoing.

According to Mayor Rivera, City Council will name an interim City Auditor before Litchfield's departure and will quickly determine a process to use to choose a replacement.

The City Auditor is appointed by, and reports directly to, the City Council of Colorado Springs. By reporting directly to the City Council, the City Auditor remains independent and can provide objective analysis of the various operations.  The City Auditor and his staff provide financial audits, attestation services, performance audits and limited special projects where independence and objectivity are required.