Selawsky Considers Bid for City Auditor

By Suzanne La Barre
Tuesday July 25, 2006

The race for Berkeley’s city auditor has gone uncontested for eight years. School Board Director John Selawsky wants to change that. 

Selawsky took out signature in-lieu forms for city auditor last Tuesday, though in a phone interview Friday, he said he has not officially decided to run. 

“Partly why I’m doing this is to raise the visibility of this (office),” he said Friday. “And, I have a democratic instinct against someone running unopposed.”  

City Auditor Ann-Marie Hogan, who will seek reelection, has held the position since 1994. 

The city auditor independently oversees the city’s financial and programmatic operations. Candidates are elected to four-year terms; there are no term limits. The position is paid. Hogan earns a base salary of $131,381. 

Selawsky, a writer and editor by profession, was elected to the Berkeley Board of Education in 2000. He sits on the People’s Park Community Advisory Board and co-chairs the Ashby BART Task Force. He also serves on the school district’s audit committee. From 1995 to 2000, he was a member of the Community Environmental Advisory Commission. 

If he runs, Selawsky must file nomination papers with the city clerk’s office by Aug. 11.