City Auditor


The City Charter(PDF, 530KB) defines the City Auditor's important role and furthers the City Council’s commitment to internal auditing, transparency, and accountability in government. 

The City Auditor is a City Council Appointee, meaning the City Council appoints this position.  On April 24, 2023, the City Council appointed Adriane D. McCoy as the Palo Alto City Auditor. 

Read the news release.

About the City Auditor

BT-HS-Adriane-McCoy-010-2inx1.8.jpg Adriane D. McCoy, CIA, CISA, CFE, CAMS, CFSA, CGAP, CSOE

Adriane’s internal audit career includes 30 years serving in the public sector for city, state and federal government entities including public transportation and public schools as well as several years of management experience with pension administrators and regulatory and commercial banking institutions. Her background provides a diverse array of audit work including financial, operational, information technology, and more. She holds a number of professional certifications in internal audit, government audit, information technology, fraud examination and financial services audit and is dedicated to continuous learning.

She has been a member of executive management teams responsible for strategic planning and budgeting, investment management, enterprise resource planning systems acquisition and implementation, cybersecurity incident response programs, accounting and reporting internal controls design and business process policies and procedures development. In support of organizational governance structures, she has assisted Boards of Directors, as a trusted advisor, in establishing effective mechanisms to support fiduciary responsibilities. Adriane also serves as a Membership Director for the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).


Bachelor of Science in Operations Management, Accounting DePaul University (Chicago, IL)

Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Network, and Infrastructure Concentration (Candidate) DePaul University (Chicago, IL)

Cybersecurity-digital forensics certificate, Purdue University (Northwest Westville, IN)

Specific experience

  • Operational and risk management consulting
  • Advisor for compliance, business procedures, and effectiveness of internal controls
  • Evaluation of ethics-related objectives, programs, and activities
  • Internal complaint and request investigations
  • Oversight for information technology projects
  • Compliance review for local and federal law, regulations, and policies
  • Risk assessment
  • Expert in ERP implementation projects and business process mapping
  • Assistance and oversight of external contracted advisors
  • Third party risk management
  • Litigation support services
  • Cybersecurity risk management

Industry/community involvement

  • Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Bank Administration Institute
  • Association of Government Accountants
  • Women in Cybersecurity
  • Infragard

Reports & Publications

The Office of the City Auditor provides regular reports & publications.

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