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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

Alameda CountyCandidate for Auditor and Controller

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Melissa Wilk

Chief Auditor Controller
137,588 votes (56.39%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure the highest degree of accountability, transparency and fiscal stewardship within Alameda County.
  • Protect Alameda County's AAA credit rating to safeguard its strong financial future and maximize revenue for critical safety net programs.
  • Promote diversity through staff that is 85% minority represented & ensure the office represents the values of the communities it serves.



Profession:Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller of Alameda County
Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller, Alameda County Auditor Controller Agency (2015–current)
Board Member, Citizens' Oversight Committee for Measure H1 Facilities Bond — Appointed position (2017–current)
Board Member, Piedmont Middle School Parent Club — Appointed position (2016–current)
Assistant Controller, Alameda County Auditor Controller Agency (2014–2015)
Division Chief, Alameda County Auditor Controller Agency (2007–2014)
Finance Director, Alameda County General Services Agency (2003–2007)
Budget/Management Analyst, Clark County Finance/General Services Department (1998–2003)


University of Pittsburgh Master's Degree, Public Administration (1995)
University of Pittsburgh Master's Degree, Social Work (1995)
University of Pittsburgh Non Profit Management Certificate (1995)
University of Buffalo Bachelor's Degree, Psychology (1993)


Experiene is the #1 qualification for the position of Alameda County Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder and I have that experience.   I am a trusted leader who will ensure the highest degree of accountability, transparency and fiscal stewardship, while also pursuing new opportunities for service and program enhancements and community engagement.  I am currently the Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller for Alameda County, and I previously served as the Assistant Controller.  I have also been the Director of Finance for the General Services Agency, managing an operating budget of over $100 million and the county-wide 10 year capital improvement program with a budget of over $500 million.   I have over 20 years of experience as an executive financial manager.

I am part of the Alameda County team whose dedication to strong, transparent fiscal stewardship was awarded with the prestigious "triple-triple" designation of AAA ratings from all three credit rating agencies. Alameda County is one of only two California counties to hold this distinction. All three rating agencies praised the county's strong management team, and adherence to sound financial management policies and commitments. 

In my position as Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller, I am responsible for directly managing all operations and staff of the Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder Agency, including: 200 employees who serve over 125,000 customers at our three offices each year; disbursement of over $2B in County payments annually to 13,000 vendors; implementation and maintenance of County-wide financial, payroll, internal control and compliance systems to ensure accurate financial record keeping; preparation of County financial reports for County, State and Federal Authorities, including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, County Final Budget Book, County Cost Plan, and the State Controller’s Office Financial Transactions Report; digitization of hundreds of financial reports, statements and audits; property tax levy and apportionment of $3B annually to over 80 jursidictions; management of payroll and related compensation and benefits for 9,000 employees; development of risk assessments and audit plans to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes; victim restitution collection and payment to victims of over $1M per year; oversight of 24 million archived official public records; and collection of over $155 million in documentary transfer tax revenue for cities and the county. 



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • John Chiang, California State Treasurer
  • Betty Yee, California State Controller
  • Steve Manning, Alameda County Auditor-Controller

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe in the fair and equitable treatment of all people.  I believe that everyone deserves access to quality education, employment and healthcare and has a right to affordable, safe housing.  I am committed to maximizing revenue through prudent fiscal management so that Alameda County can meet those critical needs of its residents.  I also strongly support diversity within the Alameda County Auditor-Controller Agency.  I have been responsible for personally interviewing and hiring every member of my staff within the Agency for the past 10 years, and I am proud to say that my office is 85% minority represented and 75% women.  I truly believe that my Agency should represent the communities that we serve.  In summary, I am a fiscally responsible progressive leader who will ensure that through prudent fiscal stewardship and the highest degree of accountability and transparency, that all County funds will be spent, audited and reported based on the expectations and needs of all members of Alameda County, and in accordance with the law.





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