Audit Services Department

WHAT DO WE DO?

Audits

to provide Independent, objective assurance that City processes are working effectively

Investigations

when allegations of fraud, waste, or abuse are made against a City employee or department

Training

for all City employees to constantly foster high ethical standards

Oversight and Limits to Authority

In 2002, the City Council enacted an ordinance that established the Department's charter and granted its staff full access to all the City’s activities, records, property, and employees, as necessary to the performance of the audit activities. The Department staff are strictly accountable for the safekeeping of records and property examined and for maintaining the confidentiality of information obtained and reviewed during audits.

To maintain our organizational independence, we report functionally to the Audit Services Oversight Committee, which approves all proposed audit plans and completed audit reports. We report administratively to the City Manager.

In addition to auditing City departments, Audit Services also reviews external organizations to determine whether money has been properly paid to the City and whether grant funds provided by the City have been used properly. The Department has no direct authority over the activities that the Department staff review. The Department has no line responsibilities and its activities do not relieve managers or staff of any assignments.


WHO ARE WE?

Germaine Brewington

Germaine F. Brewington, PhD, CPA, CFE, CICA, CGMA

Director

Germaine has served in this role since 2009 and has over 30 years of auditing experience. She holds a BA in Accounting from Duke University, an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a PhD from Walden University.

Sonal Patel

Sonal Patel, CPA, CIA, CGMA, CICA

Assistant Director

Sonal joined the department in 2002. She holds a BBA from York University in Ontario, Canada, and has co-authored several articles in the journal of the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA).


Marcus Mundy


Marcus Mundy, MPA, CICA

Senior Internal Auditor

Marcus has been with the City since 2017. He has a BA in Political Science and an MPA, both from North Carolina Central University
Dredlin Rodriguez

Dredlin Rodriguez, CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE 

Senior Internal Auditor

Dredlin joined the department in 2020. She holds a BA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
Deb Teitelbaum

Deb Teitelbaum, PhD, NBCT

Training/Instructional Design

Deb joined the department in January 2022. She has a BA in Dramatic Art from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.Ed. in Secondary English Instruction from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a PhD from the University of Georgia.
Francisca Fabian

Francisca Fabian

Administrative Coordinator

Francisca joined the department in January of 2022. She is currently pursuing her AA at Durham Technical Community College.

CPA: Certified Public Accountant; CIA: Certified Internal Auditor; CICA: Certified Internal Controls Auditor; CGMA: Chartered Global Management Accountant; CISA: Certified Information Systems Auditor; CFE: Certified Fraud Examiner; MPA: Masters of Public Administration; M.Ed.: Masters of Education; AA: Associate of Arts; BA: Bachelor of Arts; BBA: Bachelor of Business Administration, NBCT: Nationally Board-Certified Teacher