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Party Affiliation of Orange County Auditor-Controller Applicants

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 4, 2013

Now that we are done with the whirlwind that was the Orange County Clerk-Recorder procedure, it is time to move on to Orange County Auditor-Controller.


We have already provided some coverage of the Auditor-Controller process and who was selected for an interview in a previous post. Here is the important part of the post which was initially released by the office of Supervisor Todd Spitzer in his weekly newsletter:

Here’s the list with background information on each of the interviewees:

  • George Beck, CIA, Mission Viejo
    • legacy replacement program team member, Los Angeles Unified School District
    • former director of accounting, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    • former city auditor of the City of Houston, Texas
  • James Benuzzi, CIA, Orange
    • private sector internal auditor
    • former member of the Audit Oversight Committee, City of Placentia
    • first internal audit manager of the City of Orange
  • Jan Grimes, CPA, Dana Point
    • chief deputy auditor-controller of Orange County
    • former director of central accounting operations
    • former accounting manager of environmental management agency (now OC Public Works)
  • Nick Pham, CPA, Aliso Viejo
    • private sector regional controller
    • former private sector accounting manager
  • Gustavo Rodriguez, CPA, Fullerton
    • private sector financial management consultant
    • former CFO of various private sector medical entities
  • Eric Woolery, CPA, Orange
    • Riverside County district attorney’s deputy director of administration
    • former private sector CFO
    • former member of the Orange County Board of Education
  • Alexander Yu, CPA, Ladera Ranch
    • CFO of Tri-City Healthcare District
    • former CFO of various private sector medical entities

(CFO is Chief Financial Officer, CIA is Certified Internal Auditor, and CPA is Certified Public Accountant.)

Now we move on to the party affiliation of each of these applicants in order to provide a bit more information on each person applying for the position:

George Beck- Republican
James Benuzzi- Democrat
Jan Grimes- Democrat
Nick Pham- Democrat
Gustavo Rodriguez- Not Registered
Eric Woolery- Republican
Alexander Yu- Republican

This shows quite a bit of balance with 3 Republicans, 3 Democrats, and 1 candidate not registered all advancing to the final interview with the Board of Supervisors. As soon as we get any more information on this process or any of the applicants we will post it here for our loyal readers.

5 Responses to “Party Affiliation of Orange County Auditor-Controller Applicants”

  1. OC Insider #29 (aka Greg Diamond) said

    Chris, did you do this with the 11 (or 25?) Clerk-Recorder applicants? I couldn’t find it through your search box just now. Am I right in thinking that all of the 11, at least, were Republican?

  2. Steve Madoff and Michael Fox were Democrats. I found the post by scrolling back.

    • OC Insider #29 (aka Greg Diamond) said

      Are you sure about Michael J. Fox? He’s not the same as Michael D. Fox, the DPOC/CDP E-Board member. (Nor, obviously, is he the actor, I pointlessly note.)

      • I had never heard of Michael D. Fox until your comment so that did not factor into my research. Here is the copy paste from my previous post:

        Five nominations:
        Hieu Nguyen, Santa Ana Republican, 45 years old
        Bruce Peotter, Irvine Republican, 54 years old
        Renee Ramirez, Orange Republican, 40 years old

        Four nominations:
        Dick Ackerman (Moorlach, Spitzer, Nelson, Bates), Irvine Republican, 70 years old
        Chris Norby (Nguyen, Spitzer, Nelson, Bates), Fullerton Republican, 63 years old

        Three nominations:
        Larry Bales (Spitzer, Nelson, Bates), Tustin Republican, 70 years old
        Steve Rosansky (Moorlach, Spitzer, Bates), Newport Beach Republican, 53 years old

        Two nominations:
        Michael J. Fox (Nguyen, Spitzer), Lake Forest Democrat, 60 years old
        Steven Madoff (Moorlach, Bates), Huntington Beach Democrat, 60 years old
        Roy Reynolds (Nguyen, Spitzer), Fountain Valley Republican, 65 years old
        Harry Sidhu (Nguyen, Bates), Anaheim Republican, 55 years old

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