The City's 1996 Charter designates the Controller as the chief accounting officer and auditor for the City. The Controller is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors to serve a ten year term of office. The Controller is responsible for all financial management systems, procedures, internal control processes and reports that disclose the fiscal condition of the City to managers, policy makers and citizens.
The Controller is also the auditor for the City and County performing financial and performance audits of departments, agencies, concessions and contracts. In furtherance of these Charter-mandated functions, the Controller's Office provides a variety of support services. These include processing the City's budget, developing and maintaining a financial accounting information system for use by all departments, and preparing and distributing paychecks for all City employees.