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Denton has 4 finalists for auditor

City to fill post left vacant for 5 years

Denton announced Friday morning the four finalists in its search for a city auditor, who will keep track of how the city spends money, watching out for waste and fraud.

They are:

Ian Allan, who was the director of internal audit for the Texas Municipal Retirement System from 2007 to 2015. From 1996 to 2005, he was the deputy legislative auditor for the Legislative Counsel Bureau in Carson City, Nevada.

He received a master’s degree in public administration at Syracuse University and is a certified internal auditor and a certified government auditing professional, and holds a certification in risk management assurance. Currently, he lives in Oscoda, Michigan.

Anatoli Douditski, who has been an assistant city auditor for the city of Dallas since 2006. From 1998 to 2004, he was a senior auditor for the city of Kansas City, Missouri, before he moved to Texas to serve as Arlington’s internal auditor from 2004 to 2006.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri. He is a certified internal auditor and a certified data analyst. He lives in Mansfield.

Ty Elliott, who has been the city auditor for the city of College Station since 2007. He established the internal audit function for that city. From 2004 to 2007, he was a senior auditor for the city of Atlanta.

He has a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University. He is a certified internal auditor, a certified fraud examiner and a certified government auditing professional. Currently, he lives in College Station.

Craig Hametner, who was the first city auditor for League City from 2013 to 2015. From 2007 to 2013, he was the city auditor for the city of Garland. He was also an auditor for the cities of Irving and Dallas.

He has a Master of Business Administration from Texas State University. He is a certified public accountant, a certified fraud examiner, a certified management accountant, a certified information systems auditor and a certified internal auditor. He lives in Flower Mound.

The Denton City Council began its search for a new internal auditor in October after the position had been vacant for more than five years. The City Council hired its first internal auditor when the position was created in 2006, then terminated its contract with the first person ever hired for the job and never replaced him.

The long-running vacancy became an issue last spring when Sara Bagheri raised the issue during her successful run for a City Council seat. Fellow council members agreed to budget for the position and announced the vacancy at the start of the new fiscal year.

The city auditor is one of four named positions in the city charter that answer directly to the City Council. The others are the city manager, city attorney and municipal judge.

Council members worked with an executive search firm to fill the slot. A total of 12 people applied, and the search firm narrowed the pool to nine semifinalists. Council members selected four finalists on Dec. 13 and are expected to interview the candidates on Jan. 9 and 10.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.