New City Auditor Makes His First Hire for the Department

May 1, 2013

(West Palm Beach, FL) – The new City of West Palm Beach Auditor has made his first new hire for the department.

City Internal Auditor Roger Strout announced the hire of Connie Schulze, CFE, CGAP as a Senior Auditor with the City of West Palm Beach.

Prior to joining the City of West Palm Beach, Schulze was an Auditor with Berman, Hopkins, Wright and LaHam, LLC, a Florida CPA and Business Consulting firm with practice specialties including Public Housing Authority, Government Entities/Municipalities and Non-Profits.

Schulze graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in Accounting and Finance.  She is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP). Connie is currently pursuing her Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification.

“Connie, is an excellent addition to our Internal Audit Staff here at the City.  She brings a nice blend of prior government auditing experience along with formal public accounting firm experience, as well,” said Strout.  “You will find Connie to be very enthusiastic and ready to contribute measurable results to our new audit department right away.”

“The auditor role is so important to ensuring any city works to its full potential. Connie together with Roger continue our path in that direction,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.

The Internal Audit Department reports directly to an Audit Committee consisting of the President of the City Commission (Chair), the Mayor and three City residents with professional expertise. These organizational and reporting structures provide the necessary independence to carry out the work in an objective manner.

“I am extremely excited about the addition of Connie to the audit team and I am looking forward to working with her,” said Keith James, West Palm Beach City Commission President and Chair of the Audit Committee. “Her hire is an important step towards making our audit department among the finest in the County.”

Schulze has also worked with the Florida Auditor General’s Office in Tallahassee where she worked on financial audits, operational audits, and other engagements at State agencies.

Preceding her work at the Florida Auditor General’s Office, she worked as an Internal Auditor with the Department of Community Affairs in Tallahassee where she performed audits of various grants, reviews of sub-recipients financial statements and testing of Single Audit requirements.

Schulze is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).