Portland has had a City Auditor since 1868, and the position has been elected by voters since 1891. As the sixth elected official in Portland’s government, the Auditor is functionally independent of City Council and accountable only to the public. The mission of the Auditor’s Office is to promote open and accountable government by providing independent and impartial reviews, access to public information, and services for City government and the public.
The Auditor’s Office has a $11.2 million operating budget. Fifty-two employees carry out their work in five divisions. Those primarily responsible for ensuring the City is accountable are Audit Services, Independent Police Review, and the Ombudsman. The divisions responsible for ensuring the City is transparent are Archives and Records Management and Council Clerk/Contracts within the Operations Management. Other staff in Operations Management oversee City elections and the lobbyist registration program in addition to providing support to all divisions in the Auditor’s Office.
Mary Hull Caballero is the elected Auditor for the City of Portland, taking office in January 2015. Mary was re-elected in 2018, and begins her second term in January 2019. She previously worked as a performance auditor at Metro Regional Government in Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Prior to entering the auditing field, Mary co-founded and managed a public policy leadership development organization and was a newspaper reporter. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication from Lewis and Clark College. Mary is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Government Auditing Professional.
Management Team (in alphabetical order)
Diana Banning manages the Archives and Records Management Division and has served as the City Archivist since 1997. As the City's Archivist, she provides city-wide leadership on archives and records management issues, and oversees the Portland Archives and Records Center. Prior to her time with the City, she was the County Archivist for King County, Washington.
She has a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Washington and is certified through the Academy of Certified Archivists.
Ross Caldwell is the Director of the Independent Police Review (IPR). He grew up in Toledo, Washington and went to college at the University of Washington and law school at Lewis & Clark College. Prior to joining IPR, he worked as a Programs Director for the Criminal Justice Commission, overseeing the Justice Reinvestment Grant Program and several other program areas. Ross has worked extensively with the different criminal justice system associations and counties around the state. Prior to the Criminal Justice Commission, Ross worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County.
Amanda Lamb has served as the Chief Deputy Auditor since 2018. In her role, she provides policy support for the Auditor’s priorities and manages large or multi-division initiatives. Prior to joining the Auditor's Office, Amanda worked as a researcher on criminal justice policy and as a performance auditor for state and local government.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Lewis and Clark College and a Master of Public Administration from Portland State.
Joshua McNeal IV assumed the role of Business Operations Manager in 2018. He provides administrative support and flexibility to multiple divisions as the Auditor’s Office continues to move toward independent responsibilities. Before joining the City of Portland, Joshua served as the Senior Business Services Manager at the City of Durham, North Carolina. Prior to that, he served as Finance Director for the City of Chester, South Carolina. Joshua holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. As a true southerner, the move to Portland is Joshua's first time residing outside of the Southeast region.
Margie Sollinger has served as City Ombudsman since 2012. Before joining the Auditor’s Office, she was a Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation, where she practiced environmental, administrative and open government law. Prior to that, Margie clerked on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and was a housing attorney at Bread for the City, a non-profit social and legal services organization in the District of Columbia. Margie received her undergraduate degree in biology and environmental studies from Carleton College and her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.