Robert Smythe is the Division Chief of the Audit Division within the Department of Auditor-Controller. He is responsible for the development of a risk-based audit plan, and the conduct of operational, management, and fiscal services audits, special studies, and Board-ordered reviews of County departments and affiliated agencies. He is also responsible for establishing standards for an effective system of internal controls, reinforcing compliance with those standards through a periodic departmental self-assessment process. Robert has over 28 years of County experience, 16 years of which are with the Auditor-Controller. His audit background is complemented by 12 years of diverse service in County operational departments including assignments managing financial and budget services, front-line operations management, and almost seven years as an Administrative Deputy.
The Auditor–Controller performs a variety of audits including reviews of financial procedures and controls, management structure and organization, program effectiveness, and computer system integrity and security. The audits are designed to help client departments strengthen controls, streamline operations, and enhance overall services to the public. The reviews are often requested by the Board of Supervisors. In addition to auditing, Audit Division staff review the cost effectiveness of all County Proposition A contracts, and provide ongoing consulting services for client departments.