Victorville Daily Press
July 26, 2010
Grand jury's auditor at work in Victorville
By Brooke Edwards
VICTORVILLE • One of the top forensic auditing firms in the country now has its own temporary office at City Hall, as an investigation into Victorville’s finances by the San Bernardino County Grand Jury moves forward.
The grand jury first began probing Victorville in spring 2009, interviewing a slew of city officials regarding troubled finances, reported handshake deals and more.
In December, Councilman Ryan McEachron requested a forensic audit to specifically look for evidence of any fraudulent activities, after a year in office hearing continued concerns from residents that malfeasance had contributed to Victorville’s financial problems.
In January, McEachron suggested having the county’s grand jury take charge of the audit, fronting the cost for the cash-strapped city and ensuring that the results would be viewed as completely independent.
Victorville didn’t hear anything until May, when, in a request officials said has been made perhaps twice in two decades, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved giving the grand jury an extra $195,000 to hire auditor Kessler International.
On July 1, for the first time in the history of San Bernardino County, six citizens were held over from the 2009-10 grand jury to continue serving with this year’s watchdog group, according to Presiding Judge Douglas Elwell.
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Brooke Edwards may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.