Judge considers monitor for scandal-plagued Bell

File photo: Former and current Bell city employees attend a bail reduction hearing in Superior Court September 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Pictured are (L-R) former city Manager Robert Rizzo, former assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, former city Councilman Victor Bello and Mayor Oscar Hernandez.
File photo: Former and current Bell city employees attend a bail reduction hearing in Superior Court September 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Pictured are (L-R) former city Manager Robert Rizzo, former assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, former city Councilman Victor Bello and Mayor Oscar Hernandez. Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images

A judge says he's not sure whether he'll appoint a monitor to control finances in scandal-plagued Bell but he wants to be prepared.

The judge on Wednesday ordered the Los Angeles suburb and the state attorney general's office to each submit three candidates and he set another hearing for next week.

Bell has been adrift since eight former and current officials - including most of the City Council - were charged in September with misappropriating $5.5 million in public funds.

The attorney general's office, which is suing the eight for fraud, wants an independent monitor to handle Bell finances until residents can elect a new City Council next year.

Bell remains the target of several local, state and federal investigations into the enormous salaries some officials were paid.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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