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Office of the Auditor General

The Davenport Administration 2009-2010

Biography - Debra K. Davenport, Auditor General (Appointed by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee)

Debbie Davenport

Debra K. Davenport, CPA, CGFM, CFE, was appointed auditor general effective Oct. 12, 1999. Ms. Davenport is responsible for carrying out all office audit and consulting activities and management responsibilities, as well as managing the office's day-to-day operations and interacting with the Legislature, state officials, and community leaders.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Davenport served as Arizona's deputy auditor general, held management positions in the office's Financial Audit and Accounting Services Divisions, and was the special assistant to the auditor general. She was also an audit manager with a national CPA firm. Ms. Davenport is a graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration (accounting).

Ms. Davenport is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National State Auditors Association, the U.S. Comptroller General's Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards, the Western Intergovernmental Audit Forum, the Association of Government Accountants, and the Professional Advisory Board of the School of Accountancy at Arizona State University. She currently participates on committees for many of these organizations, and throughout her career, has actively served on committees for all of these organizations.

 

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Melanie Chesney

Biography - Melanie Chesney, Deputy Auditor General

Melanie Chesney was appointed deputy auditor general effective June 11, 2010. Ms. Chesney assists the auditor general in managing the office's day-to-day operations. Her other responsibilities include strategic planning, internal communications, and the development and implementation of new functions assigned the office by the Legislature.

Ms. Chesney previously served as director of the Performance Audit Division from 2001 until her appointment. Ms. Chesney is a past president of the Western Intergovermental Audit Forum and continues to serve on the forum's executive committee. Ms. Chesney has a master's degree in justice studies from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree in sociology and social change and development from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.

 

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Contact Information

Offices of the Auditor General are located in Phoenix and Tucson.

The mailing address is:
Auditor General Debra K. Davenport
2910 N. 44th Street, Ste. 410
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Phoenix Office:
2910 N. 44th Street, Ste. 410
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 553-0333
Fax (602) 553-0051

Tucson Office:
400 W. Congress, Room 254
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 205-8400
Fax (520) 628-1006

Website: www.azauditor.gov

 

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Key Staff & Office Divisions

Staff

Jeff Larson
Jeff Larson
Legal Counsel

Joe Moore
Joe Moore
Director of Information Technology Services

Randy Roberts
Randy Roberts
Director of Professional Practice

Accounting Services Division
The Accounting Services Division provides technical assistance to entities, which includes making presentations, conducting workshops, developing annual budget and financial reporting packages, and prescribing uniform systems of accounting, financial reporting, and legal compliance for various types of entities. The division also reviews audit reports and compliance questionnaires of school districts and school district sponsored charter schools to determine CPA firms' adherence to professional standards and schools' compliance with prescribed systems. Additionally, the division performs on-site status and procedural reviews of school districts, on-site status reviews on school district-sponsored charter schools, and issues review reports. The division also reviews annual expenditure limitation reports of entities to ensure their spending is within constitutional limits.

Laura Miller
Laura Miller
Accounting Services Director

Michael Stelpstra
Michael Stelpstra
Accounting Services Manager

Jerry Strom
Jerry Strom
Accounting Services Manager

Financial Accounting Division
The Financial Audit Division conducts annual financial and compliance audits of all state agencies, counties, community college districts, and universities in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, government auditing standards, and federal single audit requirements. These audits provide the Legislature and other governing bodies with information on the receipt and use of public monies, and provide the auditees with specific recommendations to strengthen internal controls over assets and financial transactions and to help ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

In addition, the division conducts special financial audits, special research projects, and reviews at the Legislature's request.

The division also encompasses a special investigative unit to address fraud, waste, and abuse issues. The unit conducts special investigations and provides training on fraud detection and deterrence.

Jay Zsorey
Jay Zsorey
Financial Audit Director

Tara Erickson
Tara Erickson
Financial Audit Manager

Victoria Fisher
Victoria Fisher
Financial Audit Manager

Rick Meyer
Rick Meyer
Financial Audit Manager

Donna Miller
Donna Miller
Financial Audit Manager

Dianne Schaller
Dianne Schaller
Technology Information Specialist

Kathleen Wood
Kathleen Wood
Financial Audit Manager

Performance Audit Division
The Performance Audit Division conducts three types of audits. Performance audits are designed to determine whether an agency is achieving the objectives established by the Legislature and managing its resources in an effective, economical, and efficient manner. These audits focus on programs and issues that are of particular interest to legislators and the public and make recommendations to improve agency operations. Sunset audits are performance audits that also answer specific questions set forth in the statutes to help the Legislature determine whether or not an agency should continue. Program evaluations assess a program's effectiveness and evaluate whether desired outcomes are being achieved.

Audits are conducted at the request of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee or under the provision of various laws, including Arizona's Sunset Law, which mandates scheduled periodic review of state agencies.

Dale Chapman
Dale Chapman
Performance Audit Director

Catherine Clark
Catherine Clark
Performance Audit Manager

Catherine Dahlquist
Catherine Dahlquist
Performance Audit Manager

Shan D. Hays
Shan D. Hays
Performance Audit Manager

Kim Hildebrand
Kim Hildebrand
Performance Audit Administrative Manager

Dot Reinhard
Dot Reinhard
Performance Audit Manager

Lois W. Sayrs
Lois W. Sayrs
Senior Methodologist

Division of School Audits
Effective July 1, 2001, the Legislature established a school-wide audit team to conduct performance audits of school districts and monitor the percentage of dollars spent in the classroom. The Division of School Audits carries out these responsibilities. Performance audits are designed to determine whether an entity is achieving its objectives and managing its resources in an effective, economical, and efficient manner. Dollars spent in the classroom are analyzed at both the state-wide and individual district level.

Ross Ehrick
Ross Ehrick
Division of School Audits Director

Vicki Hanson
Vicki Hanson
Division of School Audits Manager

Tara Lennon
Tara Lennon
Division of School Audits Manager

Ann Orrico
Ann Orrico
Division of School Audits Manager

Mike Quinlan
Mike Quinlan
Division of School Audits Manager

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December 2010