NALGA logo imageThe below awards given by the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) recognize the exemplary performance auditing done by the staff of the Seattle Office of City Auditor.

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and honors auditors who have made lasting and worthwhile contributions to local government auditing through their extraordinary service to ALGA.
  • The Knighton Award recognizes the best performance audit reports of the preceding year. Awards are presented according to the size of the audit shop. The Seattle Office of City Auditor is considered a "medium shop," and has been a recipient of this peer-reviewed honor for the audits listed below from 2007 - 2021.

2021 "Exemplary" Award
Award Letter
Assessment of Seattle Municipal Court Probation Racial and Ethnic Proportionality

Understanding Probation Audit Report Language
Language is an important tool for advancing equity and accountability. In this report, we put the individual first when explaining their situation (e.g., individuals facing homelessness, probation, or with indigent status). Because data sets can sometimes include words that are out of date, the words used in the body of the report may not reflect recent trends. For consistency, we used terms that originated within the community and that may carry political significance for that community. At times, we discussed racial and ethnic individuals on probation in the plural form. In these cases, we are referring to groups in the data set rather than the larger communities.

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award
Award Announcement
Virginia Garcia, Assistant City Auditor, Seattle Office of City Auditor, is a trailblazer for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in local government auditing and has contributed significantly to ALGA in this area. Virginia served as the inaugural DEI Committee Chair from 2018 to 2020. As DEI Chair, Virginia championed the proposal to create the DEI Officer position on the ALGA Board of Directors, and she developed the idea for a monthly DEI Spotlight to highlight equity work in the auditing profession. Virginia will be officially presented with the ALGA Lifetime Achievement Award during ALGA’s Annual Conference in May. Read more about the ALGA Lifetime Achievement award.

2020 "Exemplary" Award

Award Letter
Seattle Department of Transportation: Strategic Approach to Vehicle Bridge Maintenance is Warranted

2017 "Distinguished" Award

Award Letter
Audit of Seattle's Incentive Zoning for Affordable Housing

2015 "Distinguished" Award

Award Letter
Audit of the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Process

2014 "Exemplary" Award

Award Letter
Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Enforcement Audit

2010 "Bronze" Award

Anti-Graffiti Efforts: Best Practices and Recommendations

2007 "Silver" Award

Seattle Indigent Public Defense Services