Audit Services Department



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


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


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.


Germaine Brewington

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


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.
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Alisha Neblett Thompson, MA, M.Ed.

Trainer/Instructional Designer

Alisha joined the department in December 2022. She has an MA in Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Boston University.
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Audrey C. Eisenstein, BA

Office Manager

Audrey has many years of experience providing Administrative Support in academia, local government, and private industry. She has a BA from Providence College, and an AA from the College of San Mateo.
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; MA: Master of Arts; 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