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Ordinance No. 13-32

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The purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the City Auditor and advise City Council on matters relating to the City’s fiscal soundness, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, management of the citywide risk environment and performance of inter and external auditors. The Audit Committee may, at the specific request of the Mayor or Colorado Springs Utilities Chief Executive Officer and other, provide assistance or advice with the approval of City Council.

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Number of Members: The Audit Committee will be composed of at least two members of City Council and three members from the business community.

Length of Terms: Staggered three-year terms

Frequency of Meetings: 3rd Thursday of every month, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Pikes Peak Room, City Hall

Committee Members:

Councilmember Merv Bennett

At-large Council Member Merv BennettMerv Bennett has provided leadership to the YMCA, one of the largest community not-for-profit organizations, for more than 40 years. His career began in Elgin, Ill., where he worked in leadership within the YMCA’s fitness and wellness programs. He then came to Colorado and spent 38 years at the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region where he worked as the vice president, president and CEO. Under his leadership, the Pikes Peak YMCA grew from a $4 million annual budget to nearly $20 million annually and nine new centers were built which serve more than 120,000 persons through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. 

In addition, the YMCA Camp Shady Brook was rebuilt after extensive wildfire damage in 2002 to ensure children continued to have learning and recreational opportunities. Besides his work with the local YMCA, he provided international leadership as a council member of the North American YMCA Development Organization (U.S., Canada and Mexico) and later served as chair for three years.

As your council member at-large, Merv served on the Memorial Hospital Task Force and was the council representative on the lease negotiations. He also established the Colorado Springs Health Foundation. In addition, he served as the chair of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board. Currently, he is council president, chair of the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority, a member of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Board and an ex-officio member of the Regional Business Alliance Board of Directors.

Merv has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.

He, and his wife of 45 years, Roseann, have three daughters, Julia Wallace, Angela Merckx and Leah Vanagas, and five grandchildren.

Councilmember Andy Pico

District 6 Council Member Andy PicoA retired naval flight officer, Andres “Andy” Pico completed 21 years of active duty with almost 2,000 hours in the E-2 Hawkeye and 600 hours in the E-4B National Emergency Airborne Command Post. His at sea service included tours in two fleet E-2 squadrons including overseas residence in Yokosuka, Japan. He also served in the E-2 training squadron as a naval flight officer instructor. Two years on the 6th Fleet Staff with overseas residence in Gaeta, Italy, and operations throughout the Mediterranean finished up over seven years at sea. His shore time included tours in Omaha on the Joint Staff, Newport, R.I., and concluded in the NORAD Command Center in Cheyenne Mountain which included Operation Desert Storm. 

For his service to his country, Andy received the National Defense Service Medal (twice), the Joint Meritorious Service Medal (twice) and the Meritorious Service Medal. He also received the Air Force Combat Readiness Medal and was named Squadron Naval Flight Officer of the Year in 1983.

After retiring from the Navy, Andy worked as a defense contractor for more than 16 years supporting Air Force Space Command, U.S. Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Northern Command and NORAD. Combining both active duty and contractor time, Andy spent more than 15 years in NORAD Operations.

Now “semi-retired,” Andy keeps active in the community by serving as your District 6 representative, as the vice chair of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors and as chair of Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Board of Directors. In addition, he is a founding member of the Coalition for a Conservative Majority - Colorado Springs, and has held leadership roles in service organizations that support veterans and children with special needs, and has also served various charitable organizations, and his Parish and the Diocese of Colorado Springs. 

Andy received his Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis on transportation and public utilities from the University of Arizona, and his master’s degrees from Salve Regina University in international relations and the Naval War College, College of Naval Command and Staff in national security affairs and strategic studies. 

He and his wife, Janice, have been married for more than 40 years. They have nine children and 14 grandchildren. Andy enjoys hiking and rifle shooting.

Brian McAllister, Ph.D., CPA

mcallister portraitDr. Brian McAllister is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the UCCS College of Business. Brian is also the Faculty Director of the UCCS Master of Science in Accounting program. Brian previously worked as an auditor for the Colorado Springs office of BKD, LLP. Brian currently teaches financial accounting at UCCS as well as in the CU Executive MBA program. Brian has published numerous articles in the areas of governmental and not-for-profit accounting, financial accounting and auditing.

David Wood

Dave Wood is currently a Senior Vice President – Business Banking for First National Bank-Monument.  Dave, throughout his banking career, has held numerous senior executive roles including President & CEO two community bank, Chief Credit Officer and a Bank Director for three different financial institutions.  Dave has been recognized by the US Small Business Administration for his small business advocacy as well as being recognized for his efforts in economic development.  Dave has received two gubernatorial appointments:  Real Estate Board as well as appointed to a  statewide economic development commission.  Dave is a graduate from Boise State University as well as an honor graduate from the Pacific Coast School of Banking.

Marvin Fiala

Alternate members:

Paul P Bradley:

Paul Bradley is the Head of IT Risk & Policy within PricewaterhouseCoopers’ global security organization. Paul has over 20 years of diversified experience in internal audit, risk management, and information security governance and assurance. Paul has directed and led global groups of professionals on IT security, internal and regulatory compliance, financial, and operational audits within the financial services industry.

Paul has been a Colorado Springs resident since 1982 and received a B.S. in Accounting from Regis University and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. Paul is a Certified Public Accountant (Colorado, active license), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). 

Welensky Nathan:

Mr. Welensky Nathan CRCM, CCEP, Six Sigma Greenbelt

For over 16 years, Mr. Welensky Nathan has been a well-respected leader in the Mortgage/Financial Services Industry. His vast experience spans across Corporate Audit, Corporate Compliance, Risk Management, Enterprise Program/Project & Change Management, Consulting and Business Analysis. He has coordinated many projects both locally and internationally.

Mr. Nathan has served in many senior roles within topnotch organizations such as Santander Consumer USA, Bank of America, Fannie Mae, Citi Group, and Wells Fargo.

Mr. Nathan has passion for participating in humanitarian activities in Africa and the United States. Some of the projects he has sponsored and/or contributed to include providing healthcare materials to hospitals in the Shira local government areas of Bauchi State in Northern Nigeria and donating his time to serve as an ongoing judge for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), now ENACTUS – a non-profit organization geared towards college students worldwide.

Mr. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado and Master of Science degree in IT/Project Management from Colorado Technical University, Colorado. He is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) with the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB) of American Bankers Association (ABA), a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) with the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), a Six Sigma Greenbelt, and an active member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Contact Information

For more information, contact Denny Nester, City Auditor, at 385-5694.