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Port of San Diego Auditor Bob Monson Announces Retirement

After 27 years of enhancing the Port of San Diego’s accountability and transparency, Port Auditor Bob Monson has announced he is retiring from the public agency that manages San Diego Bay and 34 miles of its beautiful, natural waterfront for the people of California.

Monson started with the Port in March 1993 in the Audit, Risk Management and Safety Department as an auditor. Appointed Port Auditor by the Board of Port Commissioners in February 2013, Monson has assisted the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the integrity of the Port’s financial statement, the Port’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and the effectiveness of the Port’s internal control systems.

Among Monson’s notable accomplishments as Port Auditor is a favorable peer review report in 2017 by the Institute of Internal Auditors, which validates the credibility of the Port Auditor’s Office as well as the vision of the office - “to be a regional model dedicated to providing professional world-class auditing services to advance the public’s understanding and trust in the Port”.

“The Port must have an Auditor that brings an independent, systematic, and disciplined approach to evaluating and improving our risk management, control and governance processes so that we can properly balance the diverse uses in, on and around San Diego Bay,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “Bob has not only met and exceeded these objectives, he has been a key player in the Port becoming what it is today – a 21st century port that supports the environment, community and commerce.”

“It is with some sadness and a lot of excitement that I announce my retirement as the Port Auditor for the Port of San Diego. It has been my privilege and honor to serve the Board of Port Commissioners as one of their appointed employees and to assist them in fulfilling their oversight responsibilities,” said Monson. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with CEO Randa Coniglio and General Counsel Tom Russell and have appreciated their support and counsel throughout my time as Port Auditor. Last but certainly not least, I have enjoyed working with my staff who are professional, independent, objective, fair and constantly seek to be trusted advisors to the Board, executive management and senior team.”

Monson’s retirement will begin at the end 2019. He looks forward to spending time with his wife, travelling and being on the water on a kayak or paddle board. 

The Port of San Diego has begun its search for a Port Auditor to succeed Monson. Those interested in applying are asked to contact Bob Murray and Associates at 916.784.9080.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.