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Bell official to ask state controller to independently audit city's finances

July 27, 2010 | 11:15 am

Bell's interim chief administrator is to ask State Controller John Chiang to conduct an independent audit of the city's finances -- part of the city's "commitment to increased transparency and accountability to the public," according to a news release.

Pedro Carrillo, the interim chief administrative officer, plans to hold a news conference at Bell City Hall on Tuesday to announce the audit.

A Times report revealed that the city's top officials received some of the highest municipal wages in the nation. City Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo made $787,637 a year, almost twice the salary of President Obama; Police Chief Randy Adams made $457,000, 50% more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck; and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia made $376,288, more than the top administrator for Los Angeles County.

All three resigned last week.

On Monday night, four city council members -- who are being investigated for their own $100,000 annual salaries -- agreed to take a 90% pay cut. Mayor Oscar Hernandez said he would forfeit pay for the remainder of his term and will not seek re-election.

For complete coverage of Bell, see www.latimes.com/Bell.

-- Jeff Gottlieb