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Knighton Award
2014 Knighton Award Winners
The Knighton Award recognizes the best performance audit reports of the preceding year. The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2014 Knighton Award winning reports: 

Extra Small Shops
Exemplary Auditor’s Office, Washington County, OR

Audit of Jail Healthcare

Distinguished City of Sante Fe Internal Audit, Sante Fe, NM
Performance Audit of False Alarm Monitoring System

Distinguished Riverside Internal Audit Division, Riverside, CA

Managing False Avoidable Fire Alarms


Small Shops
Clark County Auditor's Office, Clark County, WA
Audit of Clark County's Job Creation Fee Waiver Program

Distinguished Sacramento City Auditor's Office, Sacramento, CA         
Audit of Citywide Wireless Communications

Medium Shops
Exemplary Office of City Auditor, Seattle, WA
Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Enforcement Audit

Large Shops
Exemplary San Jose City Auditor's Office, San Jose, CA
Library Hours and Staffing: By Improving the Efficiency of Its Staffing Model, the Library Can Reduce the Cost of Extending Service Hours

Distinguished King County Auditor’s Office, King County, WA  
Performance Audit of the Georgetown Combined Sewer Overflow Project

Extra Large Shops
Exemplary Office of the City Auditor, San Diego, CA
Opportunities Exist To Improve Recycling Rates and Reduce Adverse Impacts Generated By Waste Hauling

Distinguished Office of the Controller, Philadelphia, PA
Department of Licenses and Inspections: Performance Audit of Oversight for Private Property Demolitions  

Distinguished Office of the Controller - City Services Auditor, City and County of San Francisco, CA
Citywide Construction: Adopting Leading Practices Could Improve the City's Construction Contractor Bid Pool

Distinguished Office of the Auditor, City and County of Denver, CO
Police Response Time Performance Audit

More information about each of these award winning reports

Additional Resources

See the list of Past Winners. (will be updated)
See the list of Additional Considered Reports. (will be updated)

Award-Related Articles from the LGAQ

  • Fall 2013 - An interview with Steve March on the Experience of Winning a 2012 Knighton Award   
  • Fall 2012 - What Were the Judges Thinking? A Behind the Scenes Look at the Knighton Award Rubric
  • Winter 2011 - Writing a (Knighton) Winning Report
  • Fall 2010 - Knighton Awards: Then and Now
  • Summer 2009 - Writing Effective Audit Reports

  • Knighton Award Winners
    Each award winning audit organization will receive:

    • An award presented during the ALGA Annual Conference;
    • A congratulatory letter, co-signed by the ALGA President and Awards Program Committee Chairperson, addressed to the Chief Audit Executive and an additional official requested by the award winner; and,
    • A press release announcing the award and its significance.

    The Exemplary award recipient from each category is provided the opportunity to share their report with ALGA members during a concurrent session at the Annual Conference. If the audit shop agrees to present their winning audit report at the 2015 ALGA Annual Conference, they will receive travel costs to the Annual Conference and one Conference registration.