Our Mission

Improve accountability within General Government.

Office Goals:

  1. Review for proper safeguarding of General Government assets;
  2. Examine for compliance with relevant laws and regulations;
  3. Audit for reliability and integrity of County information;
  4. Evaluate for effective and efficient operations.

Office Objectives:

  1. Conduct scheduled Internal Audits to evaluate controls, note commendable practices and recommend workable improvements;
  2. Follow Up on prior Audits to determine complete, monitored and effective implementation of agreed upon action plans.
  3. Assist with the County’s annual external audit.
  4. Audit Special Projects for corrective actions as required.
  5. Advise and consult with County Management for improvements in operating efficiencies, effectiveness and results.
  6. Administer Office activities for continuous training and skills development, excellent quality and adherence to independence with integrity; staff Audit Committee.

Since objectivity is essential to the successful accomplishment of the audit function, auditing is a staff rather than a line activity. Auditors are professionally prohibited from developing or installing procedures, preparing operational records or engaging in any activities which might give the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Know What Gets Audited

The responsibility of Internal Audit is to assess County functions and controls to assist management in serving the citizens in an efficient manner. Emphasis is on government characterized by integrity, maintaining credibility, and for accountability and responsibility in the handling of the public’s property and money.

Internal Audit examines and evaluates the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and the quality of performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities.

We have identified numerous potential audits in all of the County’s Agencies. These include, but are not limited to, audits of processes regarding:

  • money receipts,
  • expenditures,
  • security and safeguarding of County assets
  • compliance with certain laws and regulations,
  • access, security and general information technology controls for County systems,
  • protection of sensitive information

    We cannot audit everything each year. As such, to develop our Annual Audit Plan, we annually survey County Agencies to help identify our Audits and focus our activities. We also consider factors such as the time since last audit, changes in operations or systems, and relative significance and impact to the County as a whole.

    A listing of issued Audit Reports is available at Report Index.

    Our Staff


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    Vaughan G. Crawley, CPA, CISA, CFE, Director
    Graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce; auditing experience in public accounting and industry. Joined Henrico County Internal Audit Staff in June 2009. Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.

    804-501-4292 Cra85@henrico.us
    Joyce M. Aikor-Richardson, CPA, MBA, CIA, Auditor III
    Graduated from the University of Rio Grande; financial and auditing experience with industry and local government. Joined Henrico County Internal Audit staff in July 2005. Certified Public Accountant, holder of a Masters degree in Business Administration, and Certified Internal Auditor.

    804-501-4493 Aik11@henrico.us
    Sharon G. Cherry, CIA, CISA, Auditor III
    Graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce; auditing and financial experience with industry. Joined Henrico County Internal Audit Staff in September 2006. Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor.

    804-501-4210 Che045@henrico.us
    Sharon W. Thornton, CISA, Auditor III
    Graduated James Madison University; technology and auditing experience with industry. Joined Henrico County Internal Audit staff in September 2005. Certified Information Systems Auditor.

    804-501-7379 Tho89@henrico.us
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