As the elected City Auditor of Long Beach, Laura Doud leads an Office dedicated to advancing an effective and efficient City government through independent audits and reviews. Laura and her staff work on citizens’ behalf focusing on quality of life issues including public safety, street repairs, and park maintenance. Her mission is to make impactful, positive change in the City of Long Beach.
Laura was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. She is one of only four elected City Auditors in California – giving Long Beach the benefit of having a truly independent City Auditor. In addition to completing significant audits of the Long Beach Police Department and the Queen Mary, her Office has conducted nationally recognized, award-winning audits of the Long Beach Museum of Art, the City’s Towing Operations, Parking Citations Collections Process, and Police & Fire Dispatcher Overtime. In 2007, she played a key role in the passage of Proposition H, a voter-approved referendum that has resulted in an additional $3.3 million every year for public safety. Most recently, her work has resulted in two important changes: more funding for park maintenance and legislation surrounding a critical construction infrastructure program that provides necessary controls to ensure the City receives quality service at a fair price.
As well as conducting audits, the Office investigates reports of fraud, waste, and abuse of City resources. Upon taking office, Laura initiated the City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline, so fraud tips can be reported anonymously. She also encourages residents, City employees, vendors and business owners to share suggestions and ideas with the Office on how the City can do better.
In addition to her public service, Laura supports many community organizations. She is a member of the Long Beach Rotary Club and serves on the Honorary Board of Governors of Leadership Long Beach.
Laura graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in accounting and earned her law degree (JD) at Pacific Coast University School of Law. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).