The Municipality Comptroller
Supervision and review within local authorities operates by legal mandate and constitutes an important level of a proper democratic system. The responsibilities of the Municipality Comptroller are set out in the Municipalities Ordinance. It has been determined that the Comptroller shall examine the workings of the Municipality, whether they were done lawfully while maintaining integrity and principles of efficiency and economy.
Accordingly, the Comptroller may examine the actions of the Mayor, City Council members and municipal employees.
The effectiveness and capability of the review rely on the independence of the Comptroller. The legislature has set forth provisions to preserve the personal level and independence of the Comptroller, including: the Comptroller shall specify his or her annual work plan and its implementation method according to the sole discretion of the Comptroller, within the time period specified by the Comptroller; the Comptroller shall prepare and submit an annual budget proposal to the Mayor, and the Finance Committee and the City Council will discuss the budget as submitted; any document needed by the Comptroller to perform the work by sole discretion must be procured; the Comptroller shall have direct access to any databank or database in the system in order to perform his or her role. The Comptroller must also be invited to any meeting of the City Council or any of its committees.
Publishing Review Reports - The Municipality Comptroller’s Report is published and thus the general public receives direct reports regarding the actions of the Municipality and bodies reviewed.
Comptroller Department Units - The Municipality Comptroller Department has three units: the Finance and Accounting, Administration and Organization, and Engineering. Each unit assesses issues under its responsibility. In addition to these units, there exists the Ombudsman Unit.