Friday, July 24, 2009

Governmental Operations Committee Meeting July 23, 2009 - Report from City Auditor / Presentation from Sister City Commission

Richmond City Council's Governmental Operations Committee met on Thursday July 23, 2009 in the Large Conference room on the 2nd Floor of Richmond City Hall.

Councilman Marty Jewell (5th District), the chair of the Committee was late and did not start the meeting until 4:13 PM. I heard the same joke twice before Mr. Jewell arrived, "Mr. Jewell called and said he'd be here in 5 minutes; 10 minutes ago."

Most City Council meetings start late and I've complained about it numerous times. I think it is unprofessional and disrespectful of City Employees and the Public in attendance.

City Auditor Umesh Dalal provided a report on the work of the City Auditor's Office. He discussed policy clarifications regarding the release of audit results and opportunities for "auditees" to respond. He reported Richmond Public Schools' savings based on recommendations made by the Auditor.

A presentation was given to the Committee by three members of the Sister City Commission. But most of the talking was done by Commission Chair, My Lan Tran. Ms. Tran also works for the city as Program Manager for the Office of Minority Business Development.

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