"Courtney Ruby is back. Any Oakland voter who cares about transparency and accountability in local government should be excited about her decision to seek election to her old post as the independent city auditor." – East Bay Times, September 13, 2018
"This was by far the easiest choice for us. Courtney Ruby, who served as Oakland City Auditor from 2006 to 2014, was one of the best auditors in the region during her tenure. By contrast, Roberts, who has been city auditor since 2014, has been the worst (see Watching the Watchdog, 10/11/17)." – East Bay Express, October 17, 2018
"During her eight-year tenure, Ruby proved to be a highly competent and courageous city auditor - dedicated to rooting out fraud, waste, and abuse in Oakland city government and protecting whistleblowers who risk their livelihoods in order to expose wrongdoing in City Hall." – East Bay Express, Oakland Desperately Needs a New City Auditor, January 23, 2018
Courtney Ruby is running for Oakland City Auditor to protect Oakland taxpayers from fraud, waste and mismanagement in city government.
With so many working so hard to solve Oakland’s challenges, we simply cannot afford to squander our limited resources.
That’s why we need a strong watchdog like Courtney Ruby in the Auditor’s office. Courtney previously served as Oakland’s City Auditor for eight years, between 2007 and 2014.
Courtney currently serves as the Director of Administration and Facilities at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the Bay Area’s nine counties.
Courtney has been an executive in governmental and political organizations for more than twenty years, including Chief Financial Officer for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Chief Financial Officer for the State of Illinois Department of Human Rights, Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Democratic National Committee and 1996 Democratic National Convention Committee. A graduate of American University, a Certified Public Accountant and previously a Certified Fraud Examiner, Courtney has dedicated her life to the service of others, creating organizational change and ensuring organizations manage their financial resources effectively.
During her tenure as City Auditor, Courtney turned around a troubled agency and made it a model of accountability, transparency and results. The office was honored in 2014 with a national award for its work and Courtney was named one of the Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing. Courtney garnered local, statewide and national interest for the office's hard-hitting performance audits and investigations.
She also sponsored a whistle-blower ordinance that encourages city employees to report waste, fraud and abuse – which increased reports of abuses by 600 percent.
Prior to becoming Oakland's elected City Auditor, Courtney spent almost a year in Ghana Africa creating an independent educational support system for children and their families in addition to providing capacity building for a national NGO.
Courtney resides in East Oakland with her two boys, ages 9 and 10.