Betsy Schaffer CPA to Run for Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller

For Release: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Betsy Schaffer CPA, Assistant Auditor-Controller, filed papers to run for County Auditor-Controller Wednesday. Current County Auditor-Controller Theo Fallati announced he will be retiring at the end of his term. The election is June 5, 2018.

“The responsibilities of this challenging and complex position need to be led by someone with subject-matter expertise, an ethical perspective, and who has an even-handed temperament to do the job. This is why I am endorsing Betsy Schaffer for County Auditor-Controller,” stated Joan Hartmann, 2017 Chair of the Board of Supervisors.

“The Auditor-Controller guards taxpayer dollars, tracks its flow and maintains controls to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. It needs a leader who is independent, objective and has strong ethics in order to manage the complexities of this financial reporting, accounting and auditing department of the County. Betsy Schaffer is exceptionally well qualified to succeed me,” stated Auditor-Controller Theo Fallati.

“Unlike many local elected offices, the position of Auditor-Controller has highly specific education, accounting and auditing experience requirements to ensure that the public’s funds remain safe and are spent in accordance with the adopted budget. I am honored to have received the early endorsement of both of the last two Auditor-Controllers, Bob Geis and Theo Fallati, as well as Supervisors Joan Hartmann and Janet Wolf,” stated Schaffer.

Schaffer exceeds all of the qualifications, and has proven her competency as the Chief Deputy Controller and Assistant Auditor-Controller. As part of the Auditor-Controller’s Management Team Schaffer has provided sound financial leadership and implemented cost effective improvements to better service the public. A Certified Public Accountant since 1995, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with an Accounting concentration, from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Schaffer grew up in Santa Maria and graduated from Ernest Righetti High School in 1985. She is proud of her local ties to all of Santa Barbara County. Schaffer is also a Korean Adoptee, having been born in Seoul, Korea, and then adopted by the Miller family close to her 3rd birthday. Betsy has been involved with local and international Korean adoptee support organizations for many years.

“The Office of Auditor-Controller needs to be non-partisan, non-political, and led by an elected official who can maintain strong relationships with the Board of Supervisors, County Executive Office, other elected officials, cities, schools and special districts. All these entities are customers of the Auditor-Controller’s office,” stated retired Auditor-Controller Bob Geis, who has also endorsed Schaffer.

For the past seven four year terms the Auditor-Controller Office has been led by Robert (Bob) Geis CPA and Theo Fallati CPA. Both have endorsed Schaffer to be the next Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller. They recognize that during her time with the Auditor Controller’s office, Schaffer has upheld the highest ethical standards, and has helped the office progress its management, leadership and stewardship and has been a leader in significant innovations within the office.

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