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Auditor Nominated to Oversee San Diego’s Finances

 A committee charged with scrutinizing San Diego's finances today endorsed Mayor Jerry Sanders' nomination of the city's internal  auditor as city auditor.

The Audit Committee voted unanimously to "concur" with the nomination of Eduardo Luna and forward the selection to the full City Council for  consideration.

If approved, Luna would serve a 10-year term as San Diego's first city  auditor.

Luna was appointed San Diego's internal auditor by Sanders in October 2007.

Since then, voters approved Proposition C, which overhauled the role of  the auditor to make the position more independent of the mayor's office and  revamped the Audit Committee.

Under Proposition C, the mayor nominates the city auditor, whose job is  to ensure the accuracy of the city's books and what is reported to Wall Street  investors.

The nomination is subject to approval by both the Audit Committee and  the full City Council.

The mayor can no longer fire the auditor. Instead, the city auditor now  answers to the Audit Committee, which is comprised of three members of the  public and two from the City Council.

Prior to coming to San Diego, Luna was the deputy city auditor for San  Jose. He also worked for the Government Accountability Office in Washington,  D.C., and San Francisco.

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