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 Rising Star Award recognizes the best and brightest among newer local government audit professionals and encourages others to strive for excellence early in their audit careers.

2024 Lifetime Achievement Award
David G. Jones has served 28 years at the Seattle Office of City Auditor, including as City Auditor since 2009. David served in several leadership roles for ALGA, including serving as chair of the Advocacy Committee from 2015 to 2019 and as vice chair before that. He has also served on ALGA's Peer Review and Conference committees and on many ALGA peer review teams. David has tirelessly advocated for transparency, accountability, and equity in government. As Seattle's City Auditor, David has encouraged staff to value diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of their audit work and in the local government auditing community. Under David's leadership, the Office of City Auditor was one of the first local government audit organizations to incorporate race and social justice considerations into its audit process, including in planning audits and analyzing data from an equity perspective. Read more about the ALGA Lifetime Achievement award.

2024 Rising Star Award
Andrew Scoggin has worked at Seattle’s Office of City Auditor since 2022, after earlier serving with the Austin (Texas) Office of the City Auditor. Since joining Seattle, Andrew worked on the office’s audit of the City’s construction permitting process, which won ALGA’s “Distinguished” Knighton award in 2023. Andrew also serves as co-lead of an internal equity review team meant to ensure the office’s audits further the mission of the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. For ALGA, Andrew has served on the Publications Committee since 2021 and became Committee Chair in 2024. Read more about the ALGA Rising Star award.

2023 "Distinguished" Knighton Award
Award Letter
City’s Construction Permitting Needs More Customer Focus and Consistency

2021 "Exemplary" Knighton 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. 

2020 "Exemplary" Knighton Award

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

2017 "Distinguished" Knighton Award

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

2015 "Distinguished" Knighton Award

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

2014 "Exemplary" Knighton Award

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

2010 "Bronze" Knighton Award

Anti-Graffiti Efforts: Best Practices and Recommendations

2007 "Silver" Knighton Award

Seattle Indigent Public Defense Services