Los Angeles City Controller

The Los Angeles City Controller is an official in the government of the city of Los Angeles, California. The City Controller is the paymaster and chief accounting officer of the city. Along with the Mayor and the City Attorney, the City Controller is chosen by popular vote every four years.

The position began in 1878 as the Los Angeles City Auditor and in the early days included secretarial duties for the Los Angeles Common Council as part of the job. Upon the re-election of John S. Myers in 1925, when the city approved a new charter, the name of the position was changed to City Controller. In 2000, another update to the city charter added the power and responsibility of conducting "performance audits" of departmental effectiveness.[1]

List of City ControllersEdit

Name Term
William Whipple Robinson 1878–1886
Freeman G. Teed 1886–1888
M. F. Stiles 1888–1889
Frank E. Lopez 1889–1892
Fred H. Teale 1892–1896
Thomas Edwin Nichols 1896–1898
E. A. Carson 1898–1900
Elijah E. Unger 1900–1903
Lewis H. Schwaebe 1903–1906
William C. Mushet 1906–1909
John S. Myers 1909–1937
Daniel O. Hoye 1937–1961
Charles Navarro 1961–1977
Ira Reiner 1977–1981
James Hahn 1981–1985
Rick Tuttle 1985–2001
Laura N. Chick 2001–April 26, 2009
Wendy Greuel 2009–2013
Ron Galperin 2013–Present


  1. ^ Sonenshein, Raphael J. (2006). Los Angeles : structure of a city government (PDF). [Los Angeles]: League of Women Voters of Los Angeles. ISBN 0-9668991-1-3.

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