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Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Contract, Audit No. 2006

While generally effective, contract administration can be improved. Specifically, the City continued to make utility payments for the museum’s administrative building, totaling about $77,000 for 5½ years. Also, responsibility for certain maintenance items can be clarified, and reporting requirements can be met more completely and timely.
Facilities Management Contract Administration, Audit No. 2005

Facilities Management annually allocates about $3 million to contract certain services, such as custodial and specialized services. The audit determined that Facilities Management had not ensured payments matched the contracted prices, overpaying one tested contractor by about $164,000 from July 2017 through November 2019. Also, contractor performance was not effectively monitored and performance problems effectively addressed. Further, relevant documents were not consistently retained in contract files, and the files regularly reviewed for completeness and accuracy.
Police Special Revenues, Audit No. 1907

As of July 1, 2019, Police Department special program balances totaled more than $680,000, with an additional $4 million held by a county and a state agency. RICO community grants appear to be donations, and other RICO program aspects can be better managed. Also, the department’s Cadet program maintained a bank account outside of the City treasury, and controls over revenues, expenses and records retention were not adequate. Further, the department’s controls over donations, cash handling and expenditure approvals can be improved.
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The City Auditor’s Office conducts audits to promote operational efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, and integrity in City operations.

Authority and Oversight

As established in the voter-approved City Charter, the City Auditor is appointed by the City Council. The City Charter gives the City Auditor authority to conduct financial and performance audits and investigations of all city activities and programs. It also provides the City Auditor free and open access, except as limited by law, to all city records, personnel, facilities, and information necessary to carry out these duties.

City Code establishes an Audit Committee consisting of three City Council members, appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council. Currently, Vice Mayor Kathy Littlefield serves as the Chair, and Councilmembers Virginia Korte and Solange Whitehead serve as members of the committee. Additional information is available through the Quick Links menu.


Annually, the City Auditor presents an Audit Plan for the upcoming year to the Audit Committee for review and recommendation, and then to the City Council for review and approval. The current fiscal year Audit Plan for is available through the Quick Links menu.

The City Auditor's Office presents all of its completed reports at the Audit Committee's public meetings. Further, completed reports may also be presented to the full City Council. Reports issued by the City Auditor's Office are available through the Quick Links menu.

The City Auditor's Office conducts audits in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards issued by the United States Government Accountability Office. To assure compliance with these standards, the City Auditor has an external peer review completed at least once every three years. Scottsdale is one of only two cities in Arizona and about 94 cities in the United States and Canada having an external peer review conducted by the Association of Local Government Auditors. The most recent peer review is available through the Quick Links menu.

Integrity Line

In 2014, the City Auditor has established an Integrity Line to receive information regarding potential fraud, waste or abuse that may have occurred affecting city operations. Further information, including examples of matters to report and contact methods, is available through the Quick Links menu.

Sunset Reviews

The City Auditor supports the Audit Committee in carrying out its Council-assigned duty to periodically review the city's Boards and Commissions. Through these "sunset reviews" the Audit Committee considers the ongoing continuation of boards and commissions and whether modifications should be recommended. Further information is available through the Quick Links menu.

The Scottsdale City Auditor's Office is a member of the Association of Local Government Auditors and other professional organizations.



Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - City Auditor
7447 E. Indian School Road, Suite 205
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
P: 480-312-7756
F: 480-312-2634

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Office Contacts

Sharron E. Walker, CPA, CFE, CLEA
City Auditor
P: 480-312-7867

Kyla Anderson
Sr. Auditor
P: 480-312-7863

Paul Christiansen
Sr. Auditor
P: 480-312-2627

Lai Cluff
Sr. Auditor
P: 480-312-7851

Cathleen Davis
Sr. Auditor
P: 480-312-7986

Brad Hubert
Sr. Auditor
P: 480-312-7784

Shelby Trimaloff
Exec. Asst. to the City Auditor
P: 480-312-7884



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