Chris Horton Ph.D., CIA, CGAP

County Auditor, Arlington County

Dr. Chris Horton is the County Auditor for Arlington, Virginia. Chris has worked in performance auditing since 2001 for both state and local governments. Prior to his service in Arlington, Chris was the audit manager for Fairfax County Public Schools’ Office of Auditor General, where he helped build the office’s performance auditing capability. Earlier in his career, Chris served five years as an audit supervisor with the City and County of Denver, where he also helped to implement a new performance audit function. Chris began his audit career with Arizona state government, primarily working in the Performance Audit Division of the Arizona Auditor General’s Office. Chris serves as President-Elect of the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) Board of Directors, where he has helped lead development of the Corporate Associates Program, ALGA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion effort, and ALGA’s strategic plan update, as well as leading a committee reviewing ALGA’s Bylaws. In addition to his service in ALGA, Chris has led numerous audit trainings in Virginia, Colorado, and Arizona, and served on the 2017 program committee for the Internal Control and Fraud Prevention Training. Chris is also a member of the AGA, Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and the Virginia Local Government Auditors Association. Chris holds four certifications through the IIA, including Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Government Audit Professional. Chris completed his B.A. (Political Science) and M.A. (History) degrees at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He completed his Ph.D. (Public Administration) at Arizona State University.


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