Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Controller Chick to Be Public Member of State Bar Board of Governors
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Arnold Schwarzenegger will name Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick as a public member of the State Bar Board of Governors, the MetNews has learned.
The appointment has not been publicly announced.
The Board of Governors consists of 16 attorney members, not including the president, plus six public members. Four of the public members are appointed by the governor, one by the Senate Rules Committee, and one by the speaker of the Assembly.
Two of the public member positions are vacant.
Chick is in her second term as city controller, having been reelected last year with 82 percent of the vote. She previously served eight years as a council member from the western San Fernando Valley, and now lives in Silver Lake.
A city resident since 1952, Chick received her bachelors’ degree in history from UCLA and a masters in social work from USC. She is the only woman ever elected to citywide office in Los Angeles, and was the first woman to chair the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.
The controller is responsible for conducting financial and performance audits of all aspects of city operations, supervising expenditures including payroll and accounts payable, and issuing various financial reports. Chick describes herself on her official Web site as “the taxpayers’ watchdog, safeguarding the City’s finances while aggressively seeking savings and improvements in services to the public.”
She comments on the site that:
“I didn’t approach elective office to be something—I entered politics to do something, to role up my sleeves and help solve problems.”
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