Board of Trustees Wishes Auditor Luck in Next Professional Venture – Official Site of the Arlington County Virginia Government

Posted May 13, 2022



It is with great gratitude that the County Council thanks County Auditor Chris Horton for his dedicated service and wishes him well in his next professional venture. Chris has announced his departure from Arlington County to pursue new career avenues and while he will be missed in the county council office, the council hopes for the best in its next chapter. Chris started his tenure in the auditor’s office in 2016 when it was just starting out. He wisely followed a path that prioritized building a strong foundation for work products to be delivered through his office, as well as building relationships across the company so that his office can receive maximum cooperation and add value to county departments.

“Chris has decisively moved the Auditor’s Office forward to become a vital asset supporting the work of the County Council and a tool for good and transparent governance,” said County Council Deputy Chairman Christian Dorsey .

Chris has over twenty years of experience in auditing and risk analysis within county, city, state and school district functions. He has led or contributed to the development of performance audit functions in three different government audit firms. He has experience broadening organizations’ focus on risk management and educating senior executives on the value of focusing on governance risk, process risk, IT risk and reputational risks, in addition to traditional financial risks.

“I appreciated the opportunity to serve the Arlington community by working to establish and grow the county auditor’s office. It’s an ongoing partnership with the county council and the audit committee,” Chris said. “County leadership support has been critical to the development of the county auditor function, and continued leadership support will be crucial for the next county auditor. With several audit reports and follow-ups completed, a mature set of audit committee processes, and the recent addition of two positions in the fiscal year 2023 budget, the foundations for the next county auditor are well established.

Chris is a dynamic trainer who focuses on auditor ethics, audit techniques, audit report writing and other audit-specific topics. He is a trained and experienced Audit Self-Assessment Facilitator and is currently President of the Association of Local Government Auditors. His BS and MS are from the University of Texas – Permian Basin and he holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

“We are grateful for his many contributions, not the least of which is that we are in a strong position to build on his accomplishments as we approach the task of hiring his successor,” said Takis Karantonis, member of the County Administrative Board.

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Edwin S. Wolfe