Jay Poole, CPA, CIA, CFE, CGMA

Jay graduated from the Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York. Currently, he serves as City Auditor and Chief Audit Executive for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia, where he has been employed since 1991. Prior to that, he served in several auditing positions in New York State for nine years, and another Virginia locality for one year. He is a former President and Newsletter Editor of the Virginia Local Government Auditors Association, and a former Board Member, Secretary, and two-time Advocacy Chair of the Association of Local Government Auditors.

Jay first served as an expert witness in 1993 when Commissioners from the City’s Housing Authority contested their removal from office and sued the City in federal court for defamation and $6 million in damages. His testimony quantified the damages the City was experiencing from the Commissioner’s actions and helped the City defendants prevail. The presiding judge described his testimony as “outstanding” when issuing her opinion on the case. Jay again served as an expert witness in the Virginia court case we will be discussing today, this time on the plaintiff’s side, where the jury awarded the plaintiff $775,000 in a defamation case. (The plaintiff later settled it for $300,000).

Jay has presented at numerous regional, statewide, and national professional conferences. Jay has also completed two U.S. State Department Speaker projects. The first was a one-day project in July 2010 in Washington D.C. for a delegation from Afghanistan that was participating in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The second was a one–week project in February 2015 in South Africa that was part of the State Department’s International Information Program. While there, Jay spoke to provincial conference attendees, non-government organizations, university students and faculty, and the Governance Group for the City of Johannesburg. Both projects were well received by the international participants.