Office Staff

James C. Lam

CGAP

Assistant City Auditor

562-570-6989

James.Lam@longbeach.gov

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James C. Lam

CGAP

Assistant City Auditor

562-570-6989 James.Lam@longbeach.gov

James assists the City Auditor in overseeing all performance audits, Fraud Hotline operations, special projects, and Office administration.

 

Prior to joining the Office, James worked for a public-sector management services and consulting firm for nearly a decade, leading the firm’s consulting practice as the managing principal. In this capacity, he oversaw a diverse project portfolio, including performance audits, organizational and management studies, program evaluations, strategic planning, project feasibility analyses, staffing and deployment studies and public policy analyses. His many government clients included the cities of Los Angeles, Irvine, and Beverly Hills; the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Santa Clara; special districts including the Los Angeles Unified School District, Crestline Sanitation District and Santa Clara Valley Water District; and other organizations, such as the Los Angeles Civil Grand Jury, Orange County Great Park Corporation, and California Natural Resources Agency. James also consulted for the Los Angeles City Controller, Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller, Los Angeles World Airports and Port of Los Angeles. Prior to his government consulting work, James worked in the non-profit sector for seven years, and was involved in the financing/funding and development of affordable housing projects and community health programs throughout California.

 

James holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; a Master of Business Administration from the Claremont Graduate School; and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine.  He is a Certified Government Auditing Professional.

 

Hannah K. Morgan

CIA

Performance Audit Manager

562-570-6557

Hannah.Morgan@longbeach.gov

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Hannah K. Morgan

CIA

Performance Audit Manager

562-570-6557 Hannah.Morgan@longbeach.gov

Hannah manages performance audits and oversees contracted annual financial audits, including the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Annual Financial Statements and Gann Letter Reports. She led the Business Improvement District Oversight Audit and has worked on numerous other performance audits including the Parks Maintenance Audit, Building Permits Audit, Fuel Expenditures Audit series, and the Harbor International Travel Expenses Audit. She currently serves on the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) Awards Committee.

 

Before joining the Office, Hannah worked at a brokerage company where she handled logistics and administrative duties.

 

Hannah graduated from California State University, Long Beach earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

 

She is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Alvin Chu

CFE

Performance Audit Manager

562-570-6568

Alvin.Chu@longbeach.gov

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Alvin Chu

CFE

Performance Audit Manager

562-570-6568 Alvin.Chu@longbeach.gov

Alvin manages performance audits and oversees the City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Alvin worked as a Special Investigator for the City of Los Angeles Controller’s Office Audit Division, where he managed the Fraud Waste and Abuse Unit. While with the City of Los Angeles, Alvin conducted investigations of cash mishandling, misappropriation of City funds, excessive overtime hours claimed but not worked, and vendor overbilling.  Prior to the City of Los Angeles, Alvin was a Manager within the Forensic Advisory Services practice at KPMG, LLP, managing government pricing compliance assessments and corporate investigations.

 

Alvin graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History.

 

He is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Lauren Dougan

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-6262

Lauren.Dougan@longbeach.gov

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Lauren Dougan

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-6262 Lauren.Dougan@longbeach.gov

Lauren conducts performance audits and other special projects. She has worked on several projects including the Proposition H FY 2017 Audit, Animal Care Services Review, City Auditor’s Proposition H Impact Report and the Summary Report on Transient Occupancy Tax Audits.

 

Before joining the Office, Lauren worked for the Long Beach Unified School District where she had teaching and administrative duties.

 

Lauren graduated from the University of California, Irvine earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society.

Delia L. Gomez

Performance Auditor

562-570-6942

Delia.Gomez@longbeach.gov

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Delia L. Gomez

Performance Auditor

562-570-6942 Delia.Gomez@longbeach.gov

Delia conducts performance audits and other special projects. She has worked on several projects including Animal Care Services Review and the City Auditor’s Proposition H Impact Report.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Delia worked in the Long Beach City Manager’s Office as an assistant to the Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC). During her time with the CPCC, she facilitated investigations by working closely with the commission staff to update and maintain the Internal Affairs Database. Additionally, Delia assisted residents of Long Beach with their utility and billing needs as a Customer Service Representative for the Department of Financial Management.

 

Delia holds a Master of Arts in History from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Arts in the same discipline from the University of California, San Diego.

Jennifer Lopez

Performance Auditor

562-570-6248

Jennifer.Lopez@longbeach.gov

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Jennifer Lopez

Performance Auditor

562-570-6248 Jennifer.Lopez@longbeach.gov

Jennifer conducts performance audits and other special projects. She has contributed to several projects including the Business Improvement District Oversight Audit.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Jennifer worked for LA Best Babies Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving healthy pregnancies and births across Los Angeles County. During her time there, Jennifer contributed to database development, data quality audits and training of employees across the County.

 

Jennifer holds a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Minor in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jessica Tims

Performance Auditor

562-570-5796

Jessica.Tims@longbeach.gov

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Jessica Tims

Performance Auditor

562-570-5796 Jessica.Tims@longbeach.gov

Jessica conducts performance audits, investigates claims submitted through the City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline, and assists with other special projects. She has contributed to several projects including the Business Improvement District Oversight Audit. She currently serves on the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) Publications Committee.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Jessica worked for The Walt Disney Company in the Disney Special Activities department and taught Communication Studies courses at California State University, Long Beach.

 

Jessica holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in the same discipline from California State University, Long Beach and sits on the Advisory Board for the California State University, Long Beach Center for First Amendment Studies.

Stephanie Harper

Performance Auditor

562-570-7005

Stephanie.Harper@longbeach.gov

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Stephanie Harper

Performance Auditor

562-570-7005 Stephanie.Harper@longbeach.gov

Stephanie conducts performance audits and assists with other special projects. She currently serves on the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Stephanie worked in the Long Beach City’s Health & Human Services Department on their Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention team and with the Innovation Team in the City Manager’s Office. Stephanie’s career began in nonprofit social services where she worked with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County. She managed and trained court-appointed volunteers in conducting independent evaluations of the county child welfare system and advocated for improved services for youth in foster care.

 

 

 

Stephanie holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology.

Timothy Lim

Performance Auditor

562-570-6250

Timothy.Lim@longbeach.gov

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Timothy Lim

Performance Auditor

562-570-6250 Timothy.Lim@longbeach.gov

Timothy conducts performance audits and assists with other special projects.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Timothy worked at a mortgage lending company where he handled investor relations and staff accounting duties. Additionally, he worked on quarterly financial reports and annual filings.

 

Timothy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Pepperdine University.

Verity Tawel

Performance Auditor

562-570-6728

Verity.Tawel@longbeach.gov

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Verity Tawel

Performance Auditor

562-570-6728 Verity.Tawel@longbeach.gov

Verity conducts performance audits and assists with other special projects.

 

Before joining the office, Verity worked for the UCLA Office of Residential Life and UCLA Housing & Hospitality Services.

 

Verity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Pam Watts

Executive Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6752

Pam.Watts@longbeach.gov

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Pam Watts

Executive Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6752

Pam.Watts@longbeach.gov

Pam provides administrative, human resources and clerical support to the Office. She also serves as the backup for Disbursements.

 

Pam brings many years of private sector experience to the Office, including holding positions as Vice President of Sales of a manufacturing company and public affairs consultant.

Barbara H. Gras

Audit Analyst/Disbursements

562-570-6974

Barbara.Gras@longbeach.gov

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Barbara H. Gras

Audit Analyst/Disbursements

562-570-6974

Barbara.Gras@longbeach.gov

Barbara is responsible for the auditing of all City payments to vendors, consultants, contractors and financial institutions. Barbara processes accounts payable checks, Workers Compensation checks and wire transfers daily. She also audits bi-weekly payroll, pension payroll, bi-weekly housing payments, and weekly utility refund payments. She works closely with all City departments to maintain compliance with City regulations.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Barbara was employed for over twenty years with R.E. Coulter Crane Rental, Inc., a division of Maness Industries. In her position as office manager she obtained progressive experience managing and supervising all aspects of a construction industry office.

 

Barbara also holds a Notary Public commission.

Sierrah Smith

Audit Analyst/Garnishments

562-570-6751

Sierrah.Roberts@longbeach.gov

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Sierrah Smith

Audit Analyst/Garnishments

562-570-6751

Sierrah.Roberts@longbeach.gov

Sierrah is responsible for managing over 180 active wage garnishment files. She ensures that the collection and payment process relating to these garnishments meets unique regulations as governed by multiple government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, the California Franchise Tax Board, and the Internal Revenue Service. She also handles Office procurement and provides administrative support.

 

Before joining the office, Sierrah worked in the Long Beach City’s Civil Service Department. As part of the Administrative Support division, Sierrah played a vital role in the onboarding of new talent within the City, maintaining personnel documents, and managing vendor accounts.

 

Sierrah holds a professional certificate from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Meghan King

Communications Manager

562-570-6726

Meghan.King@longbeach.gov

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Meghan King

Communications Manager

562-570-6726

Meghan.King@longbeach.gov

Meghan is responsible for Office communications including print, social and digital media, as well as community engagement and promotion of the City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Meghan worked in the public and private sectors. She managed outreach programs for a social marketing firm whose clients included the cities of Los Angeles and Irvine as well as San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and contributed to marketing and community relations for an electrical utility in Chicago.

 

Meghan holds a Master of Science in Communication from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Associations

City Auditor Laura Doud and her staff are affiliated with the following professional organizations:

Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA)

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ALGA is a professional organization committed to supporting and improving local government auditing through advocacy, collaboration, education, and training, while upholding the highest standards of professional ethics.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

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ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. With more than 75,000 members, the ACFE is reducing fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

California Society of CPAs (CalCPA)

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CalCPA’s mission is to increase the value and promote the integrity of the CPA profession, contribute to the success of members, and strengthen client, employer, public and government trust in CalCPA member advice, work products, and opinions.

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)

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Established in 1941, IIA is the internal audit profession’s global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security.