Portrait of Michael C. Houston

Michael C. Houston

Michael assumed the role of Acting City Auditor on October 14, 2023, after the previous City Auditor, Courtney Ruby, resigned. He will lead the Office’s operations and manage the charter responsibilities of the City Auditor until a permanent City Auditor is elected.

Michael has over 15 years of government auditing experience having previously worked at the San Jose City Auditor’s Office where he analyzed the efficiency and effectiveness of myriad city programs, and at Cal State University East Bay, where he directed the campus’ internal audit and investigation functions.

He joined the Office of the City Auditor in 2019 as the Whistleblower Program Manager, a role in which he led investigations into allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse reported to the City Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline. He was promoted to Assistant City Auditor in April 2021 and led the Office’s professional staff in conducting performance audits, investigations, and special analyses.

Michael has a Master of Public Policy degree from U.C. Berkeley, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Sonoma State University and is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Title: Acting City Auditor

Department: Office of the City Auditor

Email Address: cityauditor@oaklandca.gov