SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A close-out audit of the accounts of former Mayor Bob Filner and other top officials who left city of San Diego employment during the last fiscal year turned up no problems, the city auditor reported Friday.
The routine audit, required by the City Charter, covered purchasing card balances and advance travel accounts to make sure there were no remaining debts, and things like final paychecks and making sure access cards had been turned in, Auditor Eduardo Luna said.
"Everything we looked at for Bob and everyone else was fine," Luna said.
Filner stepped down on Aug. 30 last year after being accused of sexual harassment by around 20 women, some of them city employees who have filed lawsuits. He later pleaded guilty to criminal charges and spent three months in home confinement.
He also faced allegations that he misused city funds by running up a large tab on a city purchasing card for travel, restaurants and incidental expenses. Filner's former Chief of Staff, Lee Burdick, had the then-mayor's card canceled one month before he resigned.
Luna agreed that the results of the audit indicate that the accounts have been squared up.
Among the other seven others who underwent the audit scrutiny were ex-police Chief William Lansdowne and Roger Bailey, the former director of the Public Utilities Department.
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A 92-year-old man accused of using a shotgun to kill his son while he slept in the Old Town home they shared pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of murder.
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Father Joe's Villages, which provides programs and housing for San Diego's homeless, and a Carlsbad-based development firm Friday announced a coordinated plan to build a mixed-use property with affordable housing in the downtown area.