Santa Maria Times | May 04, 2018
Christensen the best choice
Given the current state of the Auditor/Controller’s office in Santa Barbara, there is ample rationale for a change. By far, the best candidate for the position of Auditor/Controller is Jennifer Christensen.
Currently chief investment officer for the county, she manages a portfolio of $1.6 billion for allocation to public schools, and special districts. With a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, a juris legal doctorate and Master of business administration from USC, she is highly educated. She has held the post of County Counsel, giving legal support to the Board of Supervisors and most county departments.
Jennifer spent six years as a division chief for the Auditor/Controller. In fact, there is not a single aspect of governance she has not touched in over a decade and a half with the county. She understands how the county works, knows its budget, how it’s financed, where the money is and how years of wasteful spending have contributed to accumulated liabilities in excess of $1 billion.
She is also a trustee of Santa Barbara’s Employee Retirement System and commissioner of the city of Santa Barbara’s Fire and Police Commission.
Her expertise in law and public pension funding equip her uniquely to confront the critical issue of pension sustainability. She will stamp out abusive practices such as pension spiking and an embezzlement scheme that went undetected by the current Auditor administration for 10 years.
Extremely likable, with a great sense of humor, balanced insight into problem-solving, and excellent relationships throughout our governance structure, there could not be a better candidate for Auditor/Controller, much less any other high-level position in county government.
Vote Jennifer Christensen for Auditor/Controller.