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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/26/2013 07:16:31 PM PDT
Updated: 05/26/2013 07:32:33 PM PDT

UPLAND — The Finance and Economic Development Committee will recommend the city continue to work with its auditor of 10 years, despite the auditor’s involvement with the city of Bell.

Mayer Hoffman and McCann has provided the city’s required annual audit since 2003, when it was Conrad and Associates.

The new three-year contract will save the city $12,000.

City Manager Stephen Dunn said city officials had second thoughts about continuing with the firm after scandal erupted in Bell, where the city manager and several members of the City Council were accused of mishandling public money.

Nevertheless, Dunn said, the firms passed its peer review and none of the auditors on Upland’s audit team were involved in the Bell scandal.

“I guess the bottom line for me is that the people going to be working with our city – their professional work wasn’t in question in terms of past problems with other cities,” Councilman Brendan Brandt said.

A city subcommittee made up of Dunn, Administrative Services Director Stephanie Mendenhall and a newly hired finance manager recommended the city retain Mayer Hoffman and McCann.

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