A mural honoring George Floyd in south Minneapolis, and remembering others killed by police.
A mural honoring George Floyd at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis, and remembering others killed by police. Screenshot of photo by Jay Boller.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I’ve been reflecting this month on the importance of accountability. This is what my work as an auditor is about, and I am dedicated to it. On April 20th, Derek Chauvin was held accountable for the murder of George Floyd. The verdict might have held Derek Chauvin accountable, but it did not provide justice to George Floyd, Ma’Khia Bryant, Andrew Brown, Robert Delgado, or any of the 181 people estimated to have been killed by police since George Floyd died. Justice comes when both people and institutions recognize the roles they play in reinforcing white supremacy and racism, make amends, and change their policies, behavior and culture. We will know that justice has been achieved when BIPOC, LGBTQI+ and disabled people feel safe, comfortable and welcome in their towns, their cities, and in this nation.

We have a national crisis around policing. This kind of crisis is what can happen when we don’t hold both institutions and individuals accountable for their actions. Government auditors are in a position to call out systemic racism and government, and, in doing so, educate people about what systemic racism is and why it’s so destructive.

While Multnomah County does not oversee the Portland Police Bureau, it does house the Sheriff’s Office, which runs county jails. My team is currently working on an audit of jails. We are also in the second phase of our audit on the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will focus on contact tracing and cost recovery. I look forward to sharing our reports with you, once they are ready. 

If you’d like to learn more on my thoughts on accountability, as well as the 2021 redistricting process and what compelled me to run for office, check my interview on the Voting Now podcast.



Screenshot of the 4/13/21 board presentation of the 2020 Good Government Hotline Activity ReportGood Government Hotline Activity Report Presented to Board

On April 13, Principal Auditor Marc Rose and I presented the 2020 Good Government Hotline Activity Report to the Board of County Commissioners. The hotline provides Multnomah County employees and community members with a secure, confidential method for reporting suspected fraud, waste, or abuse of position. In 2020, we investigated or incorporated into audit 20 of the 80 county-related reports to the hotline, which at 25% of the reports, is the highest rate since 2016. To learn more, read the 2020 annual report (link to be added) on my website

To report suspected fraud, waste, or misuse of County resources, call 1-888-289-6839 or go to goodgovhotline.com.

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