Eric Woolery, CPA, has been a resident of Orange for thirty years where he serves the taxpayers as the City's elected Treasurer. Currently, he is helping the City Council forecast pension costs with new accounting standards that will begin in 2015, so the Council can make policy changes to ensure the City maintains its balance of taking care of employees while providing a high level of service to its citizens.
Eric has been the Deputy Director of Administration for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office for the past seven years. His duties there include overseeing the almost 750-member staff and the department's $100 million budget. He has worked extensively representing the District Attorney's Office in financial matters with the Riverside County Auditor-Controller's Office and other County agencies in order to create best business practices for the County and to safeguard taxpayer resources. Over the past few years, Eric has managed a 25% reduction in cost savings to bring the department in alignment with the Board of Supervisors' budget cuts. In his current role, he has protected taxpayer dollars by implementing watchdog policies, including an approximately $25 million savings to the budget in the areas of travel, training, overhead, software, and service contracts.
His experience in accounting has allowed him to vigorously represent businesses, governmental agencies, and individuals against the state and federal governments in matters of interpretation of the law. In his auditing experience, Eric has created controls in the organizations for which he has worked by creating and implementing efficiencies in the areas of personnel, equipment, and cash with findings in his audits.
In addition to an extensive financial professional background, Eric has been active civically to ensure good governmental practices and transparencies are at work in his community.
Eric served as an elected member of the Orange County Board of Education, where he provided a common sense and responsible approach to using educational funds within the County Department of Education.
Prior to serving as Treasurer, Eric served the City of Orange by sitting on the Audit Oversight Committee for ten years. There, he acted on behalf of the City Council by helping establish auditing policies, reviewing audit reports and recommendations, and choosing the City's auditing firm.
Eric graduated from Lutheran High School of Orange County and from the California State University at Fullerton, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting. After graduating from college, he went to work for the public accounting firm Ernst & Young and quickly earned a California Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. Later, he owned a CPA firm with two locations, specializing in entrepreneurs for ten years. Eric's professional financial experience has included serving as a corporate controller, chief financial officer, auditor, small business owner of his own accounting firm, and governmental financial director.
Eric resides in Orange with Lisa, his high school sweetheart and wife of twenty-two years; their two young children, Liam and Kate; and the family dog, Twix, a Labrador retriever. The family enjoys gardening, backyard chickens, reading, hiking, and going to the beach.