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Cristina Beamud, Eugene's first police auditor auditor n. an accountant who conducts an audit to verify the accuracy of the financial records and accounting practices of a business or government. A proper audit will point out deficiencies in accounting and other financial operations. , was hired by the City Council on Friday.

Beamud, the legal adviser to the Cambridge, Mass., Police Department, will start work in Eugene on Oct. 16. She and a yet-to-be appointed citizens review board will monitor complaint investigations against police officers and other police employees.

"I'm very happy to be coming there," Beamud said from her home in Medford, Mass. "Eugene is gorgeous and the more I know about it, the more I like. I have been doing my research."

Beamud will receive a salary of $89,107 in her first year, said Helen Towle, the city's human resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees.  manager. Her total compensation in the first year of employment, including deferred compensation, retirement pay and car allowance, will equal $99,836, Towle said.

Eugene voters approved a change last fall to the City Charter authorizing the City Council to create the civilian review board and hire the auditor.

Currently, the department investigates complaints against police employees, with no independent oversight
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  • Government regulation — The role of an official authority in regulating a separate authority.
 of the reviews other than by the city manager.

The ballot measure to create the auditor position arose from the sex-crime convictions of former Eugene police officers Roger Magana and Juan Francisco Lara, allegations of racial profiling The consideration of race, ethnicity, or national origin by an officer of the law in deciding when and how to intervene in an enforcement capacity.

Police officers often profile certain types of individuals who are more likely to perpetrate crimes.
 by Eugene police, and other incidents.

The police auditor is the third city employee who answers directly to the City Council. The others are the city manager and municipal court judge.

Beamud, 54, was the only woman interviewed by the City Council for the job.

She has been legal adviser to the Cambridge Police Department since January 1998.

Born in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
, Beamud was a police officer before she attended Northeastern University School of Law     [  in Boston.

Towle said Beamud will be reimbursed for her moving expenses, plus $3,500 to help with the transition to Eugene.

The council agreed to the transition payment, partly because Beamud agreed to represent Eugene at an oversight conference in September in Boise, Towle said.

A council committee "wanted her to start connecting with her peers and people that are important for her to know as she sets up the auditor program," Towle said.
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Date:Aug 26, 2006
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