City Auditor Celia Gaona has notified the City Council Audit Committee she is resigning her position effective February 15, 2013. Ms. Gaona notes her resignation is a result of family medical reasons.

Celia Gaona was hired by the City of Corpus Christi in August 2011, after voters approved the new city auditor position. During her time with the city, Ms. Gaona began internal audits of city departments and conducted surprise cash audits involving employees who handle money daily. She also established a fraud tip line for city employees and the public to report waste or abuse of city resources. Gaona said, “I would like to thank the city council and Mayor for giving me the opportunity to initiate the Internal Audit function for the City of Corpus Christi. Together, we have built a solid foundation for the continued success of the audit function.”

Councilman Mark Scott who heads the City Council Audit Committee said, “Celia has done a great job getting the department up and going. Her leadership and subject expertise will be missed. We wish her the best in all of her future endeavors.”

The city auditor reports directly to the city council and is responsible for auditing the city’s spending, administrative actions and operations, and investigating complaints. Senior Auditor Kimberly Houston will serve as Interim City Auditor pending the recruitment of a new City Auditor.