After learning last week that the City of Riverside was kicking Mayer Hoffman McCann to the curb, another small town in SoCal is dropping MHM after that little mishap up the road in Bell. From the Santee Patch:
Santee Mayor Randy Voepel has confirmed that the city will soon be searching for a new auditor. The city's current firm, Mayer Hoffman McCann (MHM), found itself amid scandal and controversy in July 2010 when the Los Angeles Times reported the firm "rubber stamped" a 2008-09 audit for the city of Bell.
Despite the announcement, MHM gets the pleasure of finishing Santee's '09-'10 audit (partner has to be LOVING it) but Mayor Voepel, not being the type to give second chances to two-bit accounting firms, is cutting them loose:
Although Voepel said that none of the people who worked on Bell's audit have worked with Santee, he's not interested in continuing a relationship with MHM at this time. "We're going out to bid for a new auditor," he said. "Anyone that does bad deserves to be punished, and I would like to not have that particular firm perform our audits in the near future. Down the road, sure, they can quote in our bids again. But right now I'd like to get new bids."
Possible translation: "We don't want anything to do with these clowns. Mayer Hoffman McCann will only audit Santee, California over my dead body or impeachment after I am caught on camera at a donkey show in Tijuana."