Courtney Ruby, Oakland's City Auditor

Courtney Ruby, Oakland's City Auditor Independent City Auditor. Serving Oakland with Integrity. Courtney was re-elected as Oakland’s City Auditor on November 6, 2018. She previously served as Oakland’s City Auditor for eight years, between 2007 and 2014.

During her tenure, she turned around a troubled agency and made it a model of accountability, transparency, and results. The office was honored in 2014 with a national award for its work and Courtney was named one of the most influential professionals in government auditing. She has been an executive in governmental and political organizations for over twenty years, including Chief Financial Officer for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Chief Financial Officer for the State of Illinois Department of Human Rights, Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Democratic National Committee and 1996 Democratic National Convention Committee. Courtney most recently served as the Director of Administration and Facilities at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the Bay Area’s nine counties. A graduate of American University, a Certified Public Accountant and previously a Certified Fraud Examiner, Courtney has dedicated her life to the service of others, creating organizational change and ensuring organizations manage their financial resources effectively. Prior to becoming Oakland’s elected City Auditor, Courtney spent almost a year in Ghana Africa creating an independent educational support system for children and their families, in addition to providing capacity building for a national NGO. Courtney resides in East Oakland with her two boys, ages ten and eleven.

Operating as usual

Reflecting on all our Veterans gave, to give us our enduring freedom. Thank you!
11/12/2020

Reflecting on all our Veterans gave, to give us our enduring freedom. Thank you!

Measure D mandated audit released! The purpose of this report was to verify whether the City allocated the correct amoun...
11/10/2020

Measure D mandated audit released! The purpose of this report was to verify whether the City allocated the correct amount to the Kids First! Fund and met the annual baseline spending requirements. Read the full report and our latest newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3pkFhbg

"Nearly four years after the Ghost Ship blaze, City Auditor Courtney Ruby’s report shows Oakland still has a long way to...
10/02/2020
Audit: After Ghost Ship, Oakland Fire Department still failing to inspect buildings

"Nearly four years after the Ghost Ship blaze, City Auditor Courtney Ruby’s report shows Oakland still has a long way to go to fulfill its pledge to improve building safety and reform the Fire Prevention Bureau. Together, we must ensure a sense of urgency and accountability is ignited at the Fire Prevention Bureau, Ruby wrote in a letter to city leaders. We cannot look back and say we knew better, we must look forward and provide our residents and businesses with the assurance that the City is doing all it can to protect them.”

The audit found Oakland fire skipped annual inspections on hundreds of buildings, including schools.

Performance audit on Oakland's Fire Prevention Bureau released today. The impetus for this audit was to assess whether t...
09/30/2020
Performance Audit of the Oakland Fire Department's Fire Prevention Bureau

Performance audit on Oakland's Fire Prevention Bureau released today. The impetus for this audit was to assess whether the City is on target in implementing vital fire prevention reforms and is doing all it can to protect its residents. Read the report and our Newsletter to learn more.

City Auditor News Serving Oakland With Integrity NEW REPORT RELEASED Performance Audit on the Oakland Fire Department's Fire Prevention Bureau Today, my Office released a performance audit of the Oakl

REMINDER: Tonight I am passing on my namesake award to C.J. Hirschfield at the Family Paths 2020 Virtual Women's Leaders...
09/17/2020
Family Paths’ Virtual Women’s Leadership Happy Hour 2020

REMINDER: Tonight I am passing on my namesake award to C.J. Hirschfield at the Family Paths 2020 Virtual Women's Leadership Happy Hour! Join us to hear the fabulous Dale Marie Golden, Vice President and Private Banker at Bridge Bank and local philanthropist, speak on Women, Leadership, and Challenging Times.
The event will take place via Zoom and is FREE, with donations to support Family Paths services and a VIP package that includes a delivered Wine Basket prior to the event so that you can toast to our amazing speakers!
Please register for this event on Eventbrite to receive event links, updates, and ways to be entered into the Family Paths raffle for fun prizes! https://lnkd.in/gK8DJfs
Looking forward to seeing you virtually!
#networking #leadership #community
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-paths-virtual-womens-leadership-happy-hour-2020-tickets-116803080157

Join us on Zoom for our Women’s Leadership Happy Hour, celebrating Dale Marie Golden & Honorary Chairwomen, Courtney Ruby & CJ Hirschfield

I am thrilled to pass on my namesake award to C.J. Hirschfield this year at the Family Paths 2020 Virtual Women's Leader...
09/02/2020
Family Paths’ Virtual Women’s Leadership Happy Hour 2020

I am thrilled to pass on my namesake award to C.J. Hirschfield this year at the Family Paths 2020 Virtual Women's Leadership Happy Hour! Join us to hear the fabulous Dale Marie Golden, Vice President and Private Banker at Bridge Bank and local philanthropist, speak on Women, Leadership, and Challenging Times.

The event will take place via Zoom and is FREE, with donations to support Family Paths services and a VIP package that includes a delivered Wine Basket prior to the event so that you can toast to our amazing speakers!

Please register for this event on Eventbrite to receive event links, updates, and ways to be entered into the Family Paths raffle for fun prizes! https://lnkd.in/gK8DJfs

Looking forward to seeing you virtually!

#networking #leadership #community

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-paths-virtual-womens-leadership-happy-hour-2020-tickets-116803080157

Join us on Zoom for our Women’s Leadership Happy Hour, celebrating Dale Marie Golden & Honorary Chairwomen, Courtney Ruby & CJ Hirschfield

The Police Commission failed to address deficiencies identified in the City Auditor’s report by the July 16, deadline; d...
07/21/2020
Oakland's Police Commission resists oversight, accountability

The Police Commission failed to address deficiencies identified in the City Auditor’s report by the July 16, deadline; deficiencies that profoundly impact the Commission’s effectiveness in overseeing Oakland police practices. This non-response cannot stand: it is a blatant affront to Oakland residents who have a right to civilian oversight of the Oakland Police Department.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Oakland-s-Police-Commission-resists-oversight-15421909.php

Unlike every other city agency and commission audited by Oakland’s Office of the City Auditor, the Police Commission has straightforwardly and steadfastly refused to respond to our audit’s recommendations.

Bay Area news reporter, Jon Kawamoto, covered our report released yesterday on the City of Oakland's Financial Condition...
04/17/2020
Coronavirus: Oakland auditor says city must ‘move quickly’ to avoid fiscal crisis

Bay Area news reporter, Jon Kawamoto, covered our report released yesterday on the City of Oakland's Financial Condition. He clearly and concisely summarized the reports important takeaways. #EastBayTimes #CityofOakland #Oakland #BayAreaNewsGroup

Ruby noted that the city was singled out this past October by California State Auditor Elaine Howle as the state’s No. 13 city facing fiscal challenges.

My Office released today a Follow-Up Audit on the Workforce Development Board & a Substantiated Investigation on OFD Med...
02/26/2020

My Office released today a Follow-Up Audit on the Workforce Development Board & a Substantiated Investigation on OFD Medical Services Divisions' inadequate management of controlled substances. Read our #Newsletter for the details! https://conta.cc/2PrvSxX

In case you missed it, #SusieSteimle from KPIX/CBS interviewed Nikki Fortunato Bas, Councilmember and me regarding the h...
01/15/2020
Oakland Launches Homelessness Audit

In case you missed it, #SusieSteimle from KPIX/CBS interviewed Nikki Fortunato Bas, Councilmember and me regarding the homeless services audit my Office is starting this month: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/4404383-oakland-launches-homelessness-audit/ #ServingOaklandWithIntegrity

An audit of homelessness services looks to determine just how many encampments there are and if clearing them is the best use of public money. Susie Steimle reports. (1-13-2020)

Witnessing the swearing-in of TiYanna Long, my appointment to #Oaklands Cannabis Commission, was such an honor. Witnessi...
01/06/2020

Witnessing the swearing-in of TiYanna Long, my appointment to #Oaklands Cannabis Commission, was such an honor. Witnessing her Grandmother's enthusiasm (captured in picture 2) - PRICELESS! Congratulations, TiYanna! I know you will infuse the Commission with your sage advice and experience.

#AuditorProud #OaklandProudSending my best to my team and fellow auditors!
09/26/2019

#AuditorProud #OaklandProud
Sending my best to my team and fellow auditors!

Thank you Noel Gallo for your service and continued dedication to cleaning up our City. My boys and I were honored to wo...
09/24/2019

Thank you Noel Gallo for your service and continued dedication to cleaning up our City. My boys and I were honored to work along side you and your team, community members and the US Army. #PublicService #Oakland #BattlefortheBay #CreektoBayDay

CLEAN OAKLAND, Saturday,September 21: Public Service and government is not about acquiring power nor perpetuating your existence. Public service is to help people-better lives. Thanks to US Army, CWS, Independent Recycling,& Neighbors ❤️❤️❤️🇺🇸

The City Auditor is responsible for appointing a Commissioner to the Cannabis Commission. Over the next several weeks I ...
09/12/2019

The City Auditor is responsible for appointing a Commissioner to the Cannabis Commission. Over the next several weeks I will be accepting applications from interested individuals. To learn more about the appointment, role of Commissioners and application process, please visit our website:https://www.oaklandauditor.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/20190829_Cannabis-Appointment_Opportunities.pdf

05/15/2019
Rotary Club of Oakland

I'm speaking at Rotary tomorrow, would love to see you there!

This week's luncheon speaker has changed. It will now be Oakland's City Auditor (and fellow Rotarian) Courtney Ruby to hear what’s happening within our City. We are working on rescheduling the A's President Dave Kaval.

Curious to know what my Office is up to? Read my latest Newsletter to find out and then share this post with your FB fri...
05/15/2019
Courtney Ruby, Oakland's City Auditor

Curious to know what my Office is up to? Read my latest Newsletter to find out and then share this post with your FB friends! Any questions should be directed to [email protected]. #OaklandAuditor

Newly Released Report, New Hire, & More

Oaklanders, please join me and members of the Public Ethics Commission next Wednesday at my first Community Roundtable e...
03/22/2019

Oaklanders, please join me and members of the Public Ethics Commission next Wednesday at my first Community Roundtable event!

03/11/2019

My deepest condolences to Councilmember McElhaney and her family. This news is beyond heartbreaking. I pray you feel God's presence and comfort at a time no Mother should have to endure.

Happy International Women's Day!!! Lot's of events happening in Oakland to celebrate and honor women - the Sol Sisters F...
03/09/2019
International Women's Day Festival III

Happy International Women's Day!!! Lot's of events happening in Oakland to celebrate and honor women - the Sol Sisters Festival III at Impact Hub Oakland tomorrow will be collecting DIY care packages for women and children at the border. Read more about the Festival to find about the workshops, performances, music, and local vendors making this celebration one not to miss!

In honor of International Women's Day, a globally recognized holiday that promotes a more inclusive, gender equal world, Sol Sisters, Inc. invites you to celebrate with us at our third annual International Women's Day Fest. The day will consist of an expo-style feel in the main room with tables line...

Heads up Oaklanders! I'm appointing a Commissioner to the Public Ethics Commission. If you are interested in this opport...
03/02/2019

Heads up Oaklanders! I'm appointing a Commissioner to the Public Ethics Commission. If you are interested in this opportunity, please view the official announcement and application on our website under the "opportunities" tab:https://www.oaklandauditor.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/PEC-Commissioner-Vacancy-Announcement-and-Application.pdf

Courtney Ruby, Oakland's City Auditor's cover photo
02/26/2019

Courtney Ruby, Oakland's City Auditor's cover photo

So Much to be Thankful for... http://conta.cc/1yk6T0t
11/27/2014
So Much to be Thankful for...

So Much to be Thankful for... http://conta.cc/1yk6T0t

As another incredible year draws to a close, I want to express how thankful I am for the opportunity to serve as your City Auditor for nearly eight years, and to lead an inspiring team of professionals dedicated to serving Oakland.

Today my Office is releasing the Limited Public Financing Act (LPFA) Audit of the November 6, 2012 Election. The audit f...
05/08/2014
LPFA Audit, Substantiated Investigation, National Award, and more

Today my Office is releasing the Limited Public Financing Act (LPFA) Audit of the November 6, 2012 Election. The audit found that all of the candidates...

Earlier this week at the 2014 Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) Annual Conference, the Office of the City Auditor received the 2013 Gold Knighton Award for the Non-Interference in Administrative Affairs Audit. The Knighton Awards are presented to the best performance audit reports of t…

Oakland's Unfunded Pension Liabilities Must Be Addressed http://conta.cc/1gXDktJ
04/20/2014
Oakland's Unfunded Pension Liabilities Must Be Addressed

Oakland's Unfunded Pension Liabilities Must Be Addressed http://conta.cc/1gXDktJ

Today my Office released the Pension Audit Report, which examines Oakland's $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability and cautions City leadership on the need for a comprehensive stakeholder driven solution. The report chronicles a likely future where the City is unable to meet both critical service d…

National Awards - Delivering on My Promise to You http://conta.cc/1hi3J0L
04/02/2014
National Awards - Delivering on My Promise to You

National Awards - Delivering on My Promise to You http://conta.cc/1hi3J0L

When I took the Office of City Auditor nearly eight years ago, I promised to deliver a model performance audit organization. I believe that being a model organization means not only reaching the highest standards of government auditing, but also being recognized by your peers for your work. I am ple...

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SERVING OAKLAND WITH INTEGRITY.

I'm proud to be Oakland's elected City Auditor, working for and reporting to Oakland's residents. Thank you, once again, for entrusting me to watch over your government, share Oakland's successes, and point out where we can do better.

INDEPENDENT CITY AUDITOR.

The City Auditor works for, and reports to, the residents of Oakland. The Auditor is responsible for keeping Oakland’s government transparent and accountable by conducting audits of City departments and ballot measures. To make sure this work is done objectively and without bias, the Auditor is not connected to any other City department and has no day-to-day financial or management duties in/for the City of Oakland.

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Courtney, we are proud to have you as our City Auditor!
Do your usual great job Ruby!