The Board of Supervisors this week agreed to hire four employees for the county’s new auditing unit and received a status report from David E. Sundstrom, the director of internal audits.
The hires bring the total number of employees in the department to 17. Sundstrom said the added staffing will enable the unit to perform more audits more frequently.
The office is in the process of completing more than 40 different audits, ranging from financial reviews of tax collections to management studies of various departments.
The board created Sundstrom’s position in the wake of the bankruptcy. Some supervisors criticized Auditor-Controller Steve E. Lewis for not adequately warning them about the investment problems that caused the bankruptcy and stripped him of many auditing duties.
“If anything came out of the bankruptcy, it’s the importance of your job,” board Chairman William G. Steiner told Sundstrom on Tuesday.
The board also created an audit oversight committee that will review the scope and results of audits.