Meet Your New City Auditor: Mr. Lou Lassiter

Photo Courtesy:  chesterfield.gov

Photo Courtesy:  chesterfield.gov

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Richmond City Council / News Release

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Richmond City Council appoints its new City Auditor

(RICHMOND, VA) – Richmond City Council today during its scheduled special meeting appointed Mr. Lou Lassiter as its new City Auditor to head the Richmond City Council Office of the City Auditor. His service is to begin February 1, 2018.

    In that position, Mr. Lassiter will assist Council in helping to ensure the administration, management, integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness of city government expenditures on behalf of Richmond residents.

     Duties of the City Auditor include administering internal audit and investigation functions in verifying accountability over City resources; evaluating efficiencies and effectiveness of City operations; and, determining compliance with laws, regulations, and policies. The position provides management and oversight of Richmond City Council Office of the City Auditor staff and other resources necessary in auditing evaluating, and investigating city departments, offices, boards, etc. and other individual or entity expenditures of city-funded monies.

     Mr. Lassiter currently serves as the Deputy County Administrator for Finance and Administration for Chesterfield County, Virginia where he has served for more than 20 years. His service includes 19 years as its Internal Audit Director.

     Mr. Lassiter is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Financial Manager. He also has served as a member of the national Association of Local Government Auditors Board of Directors, and President of the Virginia Local Government Auditors Association. Mr. Lassiter earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University.

     Council is very confident with its decision in appointing this highly qualified, experienced, and dedicated public service professional whose knowledge, skills, and expertise in Virginia local government as a respected auditor and administrator make him an outstanding choice to lead this important Council Office. Council welcomes Mr. Lassiter, wishes him well, and looks forward to his service on behalf of Richmond residents.

     Council also thanks the services of Mr. William C. Barrett, III who temporarily served in that capacity on an interim basis.

 

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This article from today's Richmond Free Press provides insight on Mr. Lassiter's new salary:

Mr. Lassiter currently earns about $165,000 a year as deputy county administrator. Council sources said he is expected to earn more than $170,0000 in his new city post, which would place him among the 10 highest paid city officials. In Chesterfield, he ranked among the top 20 in pay, according to publicly issued salary lists.

For anybody wondering what's up with our ol' pal, former City Auditor and Inspector General Umesh Dalal, check out this nice little bit from Mark Robinson of the RTD: 

What does he think the city needs in its next auditor?

“For Richmond, somebody with really significant experience in government auditing would be ideal,” Dalal said. “There’s a lot of issues that need to be resolved. The city needs help.”

As for the circumstances surrounding his resignation, Dalal declined to comment.

“I’ve moved on,” he said. “Whatever is done is done, and I’m enjoying my retirement.”

We wish both gentlemen good luck in their new positions in life. Via con dios, amigos!