Ross Tate has been named City Auditor for the city of Phoenix. Tate’s background includes more than 30 years of internal audit experience with 22 of those years serving as the director of internal audit for Maricopa County.
Tate’s qualifications include working in accordance with government auditing standards and being certified as an internal auditor, fraud examiner and management accountant.
“Mr. Tate’s extensive public sector background and regional knowledge will bring increased value to the city by focusing on internal improvements and efficiencies to the benefit of all of our customers,” said Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher. “His leadership is an excellent fit for Phoenix and is also award winning, as over the last two years the teams Mr. Tate has managed have been awarded the Outstanding Popular Annual Financial Reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association.”
Tate will oversee the City Auditor Department and a staff of 25. The department conducts independent audits of departments, programs and contractors citywide. Reports from City Auditor Department are used as objective feedback and recommendations to reduce operational and financial risks to promote the efficient use of city resources.
“I am very excited to use my skills and experience to promote positive change within the city of Phoenix,” said Tate. “I look forward to joining a team of dedicated professionals who work each day to make Phoenix an efficient organization that strives to improve the quality of life for citizens.”
Prior to his role with Maricopa County, Tate served as a banking industry auditor. He is also past president of the Association of Local Government Auditors and the Arizona Local Government Auditors Association.
Tate holds a bachelor of science in Business Management, Business Operations and Systems Analysis from Brigham Young University.
His first day with the city will be April 24.