Audit Office Overview

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 Councilmember Barry Graham and Councilwoman 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.

Audit Resources

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.

Report an Integrity Issue

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.

Recent Audit Reports

Ransomware Readiness Assessment - Audit 2303, Sept. 28, 2023
Rather than a news feed, I might recommend a simple hard-coded list they update when they add audits.

Emergency Management Services - Audit 2307, June 28, 2023
Our audit of Emergency Management Services found that the City’s Emergency Operation Plan and Continuity of Operations Plans have not been reviewed and updated. Emergency preparedness training should be expanded and monitoring of existing training requirements could be improved. Additionally, Emergency Management’s role in special events planning can be better defined and processes should be standardized to allow the department to more efficiently guide special event teams.


Audit Reports

Read the current and the last four calendar years of audit reports from the auditor's office


Integrity Line

Report suspected fraud, waste or misuse of city resources


Sunset Reviews

Audit Committee's ongoing review of the continuation of boards and commissions


Audit Process

Learn about the role of the City Auditor's Office and its processes for conducting audits


Audit Plan

Learn what audits are planned for this fiscal year


Audit Committee

Council subcommittee meetings and agendas

City Auditor

7447 E. Indian School Road Suite 205


Monday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
City Holiday Schedule
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