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Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients!

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Leslie Ward, Drummond Kahn, and Ann-Marie Hogan.

Leslie-Ward LAA.jpgLeslie Ward has been a friend, colleague, and mentor to many over the past 25 years, and her dedication to the improvement of local government auditing is clearly deserving of recognition. She was appointed at Atlanta’s first City Auditor in 2001, where her achievement in building and sustaining a top-notch performance audit organization from the ground up is truly inspirational for local government auditors. Leslie held various Board leadership positions in ALGA, including President and At-Large Board Member, and served on seemingly countless committees and task forces, such as Conference, Conference Planning, Awards, Advocacy, Strategic Planning, Membership, and NALGA’s Future. She conducted ALGA’s first Peer Review in 1990, and served as the Peer Review Committee’s Regional Coordinator. On Leslie’s watch as ALGA’s eighth President, ALGA began the Lennis Knighton Award, implemented a benchmarking survey, constructed the internet homepage, and secured ALGA’s position as the voice of local government auditing. She also served the on the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards in 1998, prior to becoming a chief audit executive—an impressive feat attesting to her expertise and ability to contribute to the standards. Leslie’s achievements and years of service to the local government auditing profession clearly qualify her for this honor.

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Drummond Kahn has been a thought leader and mentor for so many in the government auditing community. He has 27 years of audit leadership in all three levels of government. He started his audit career working for the U.S. GAO, and later served in state government leading the audit function for the Oregon Department of Transportation and as Interim Director of the Oregon Audits Division. He served the last 12 years in local government as the Director of Audit Services for the City of Portland, Oregon. Drummond has been an active member of ALGA for over 12 years, having served on the Board for six years and as ALGA’s 25th President. He chaired the Conference and Nominating Committees, and was an active participant in the Education, Advocacy, Membership, Professional Issues, and Strategic Planning committees. He has been a conference and webinar presenter many times, and has led and served on multiple ALGA peer review teams. Drummond has also served in organizations outside ALGA in ways that have help local government auditors influence the audit profession, including the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards and the Pacific Northwest Intergovernmental Audit Forum Executive Committee. His vision, ideas, training, and counsel have been, and no doubt will continue to be, very influential to public sector auditors.

Ann-Marie Hogan LAA.jpgAnn-Marie Hogan has dedicated her career to the advancement and support of performance auditing. For 23 years, she has proudly and competently served the City of Berkeley with a message of government transparency and accountability. While she has served ALGA as a Board Member and on several other committees over the past 15 years, her principal contribution has been as a chair, member, or advisor to the Advocacy Committee since 2002. She has assisted more than 30 jurisdictions in efforts to establish or strengthen the audit function by drafting letters of support, reviewing proposed legislation, testifying before government bodies, providing informational resources and tools, making phone calls, and answering questions. She contributed to numerous publications to promote independent, local government auditing, including the last three revisions of ALGA’s Model Legislation and Guidance on Outsourcing. She was a principal author of the IIA’s 2006 practice guide, The Role of Auditing in Public Sector Governance. Ann Marie has presented at numerous conferences for ALGA and other professional associations. She has been a consistent, strong voice in support of independent, local government auditing, but most importantly, she has been a mentor and a friend to many. Ann-Marie’s many contributions exemplify the type of professional who clearly deserves the recognition and distinction of this award.

The Awards Program Committee unanimously voted to recommend these nominations to the ALGA Board, and the Board approved awarding the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to Leslie Ward, Drummond Kahn, and Ann-Marie Hogan. Congratulations!

About the Lifetime Achievement Awards

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 Award is presented annually by the Board of Directors to nominees meeting the following guiding criteria*:

  1. Maintained an active membership in ALGA for at least 10 years
  2. Served ALGA as an Officer, Board Member, and/or Committee Chair
  3. Made contributions to ALGA in a significant and specific manner (e.g., projects, presentations, peer reviews, publications)
  4. Is no longer employed as a local government auditor

*Specific requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Board.

Past Recipients

See a listing of past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients here: Past Recipients