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Hired police auditor 'happy' to accept.

Byline: Edward Russo The Register-Guard

Cristina Beamud, Eugene's first police auditor, 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 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 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 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, 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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Title Annotation:Government; Cristina Beamud will begin her work to monitor complaint investigations against Eugene police officers in mid-October
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 26, 2006
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