Per Res 20-1110, the City Council voted at its August 12, 2020 meeting to establish the creation of a Saint Paul City Council Audit Committee

Mission:  The Saint Paul City Council Audit Committee’s mission is to evaluate the financial and program performance of City departments to build public trust and ensure outstanding service delivery, transparency and accountability. 

Charge of the Audit Committee:  With input from the community and city staff, the committee will select a topic based on the potential impact an audit could have on improving the City’s efficiency and effectiveness, interview and select consultants to perform the audit, and monitor the work of the consultants throughout the process. The Audit Committee will present a final report to the City Council and Administration on its findings.  The Committee may, from time to time, request an update from the Administration on its progress toward recommendations from previous audits and update the Council accordingly.

The Council President will appoint four (4) Councilmembers who will be guided by an Advisory Group made up of the City's Finance Director and Innovation Director, and up to three (3) members of the public who are Saint Paul residents.  These Advisors will serve a three-year term. 

Committee Membership

  • Council President Amy Brendmoen (ex-officio)
  • Councilmember Rebecca Noecker (co-chair)
  • Councilmember Jane Prince (co-chair)
  • Councilmember Dai Thao
  • Councilmember Nelsie Yang

Advisory Group

Staff Advisors

  • Matt Larson, Chief Innovation Officer
  • John McCarthy, Office of Financial Services Director

Community Advisors

  • Three (3) Community Members (See below for more information the community advisors' membership.)
    • Ellen T. Brown
    • Nou Fang
    • Eric P. Zidlicky

Meeting Calendar:  The Audit Committee will meet weekly or alternate-weekly for 2 hours starting September 29, 2020 through completion of the Audit Report (anticipated date of September 2021).  Since the Committee members and advisors have been seated, the meeting dates and times (subject to change) are as follow:





October 13, 2020

10:00 AM


October 26, 2020

3:00 PM


November 2, 2020

3:00 PM

Monday November 9, 2020 3:00 PM
Monday November 16, 2020 3:00 PM
Monday November 23, 2020 3:00 PM


December 7, 2020

3:00 PM

Meeting Location(s): Online via Microsoft Teams (subject to change)


  • Resolution RES 20-1110 (Establishing the creation of a Saint Paul City Council Audit Committee)
  • Resolution RES 20-1272 (Appointing the acting members to the Audit Committee)
  • Reseolution RES 20-1380 (Appointing the advisory members to the Audit Committee)
  • Link to Audit Committee and Public Meeting (Audit Workgroup)
  • Audit Committee Topic Selection Survey (Thank you for supporting the Audit Committee.  The survey period have ended.)
  • Audit Committee Community Member Role Description & Application  (Thank you for supporting the Audit Committee.  The application period have ended.)
    Stipends: $30.00/meeting
    Membership:  Citizen involvement is critical and integral to how the Audit Committee plan, review and select audit projects. To be considered, please fill out the application form from the link above.  The ideal community member should
    • be able to attend the majority of the meetings,
    • have a strong interest and desire in improving St. Paul, and
    • have experience providing organizational oversight and/or conducting audits (helpful).



Last Edited: November 18, 2020