Local Government Team
The Local Government Team is dedicated to helping each entity within the State of Utah. Please feel free to contact members of the team with questions not answered on the website.
Van Christensen – Director
Van is an Audit Director with the Office of the Utah State Auditor and has worked for the Office since 1996. Assignments in the Office have included financial and single audits of state agencies and colleges and universities, as well as assisting local governments with budgeting, accounting, and auditing issues. Van has investigated instances of fraud, the most significant of which identified nearly $350,000 in misappropriated funds.
Van enjoys summer vacations with his family and a variety of outdoor activities including horseback riding, mountain biking, and snowmobiling. Van is a certified public accountant, a certified fraud examiner, and a 1996 graduate of Weber State University, where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in accounting.
You can contact Van by the phone number or email found below:
Ryan Roberts – Supervisor – Special Service Districts and Counties
Ryan Roberts works with counties, non-profits, and local and special service districts in the local government division. Prior to his appointment to the division, he worked as an auditor in the financial audit division of the office for 8 years. He is a certified public accountant and a 2001 graduate of Utah State University, where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in accounting.
Ryan provides training throughout the state to district board members on topics ranging from internal controls to board governance to financial accounting and reporting. He lives in Bountiful with his wife and 4 children.
You can contact Ryan by the phone number or email found below:
Patricia Nelson – Supervisor – Cities and Towns
Patricia Nelson joined the Office of the Utah State Auditor in 1997. In her 15 years of experience with the Office, she has been involved in leading a wide range of financial and compliance audits of State agencies and institution of Higher Education. She considers her specialty to be evaluating and enhancing internal control environments. She is looking forward to learning about the complex and dynamic world of local governments. Her assignments will include overseeing cities and towns.
As the parent of two children, Madeleine (12) and Luke (6), Patricia considers herself a typical busy soccer mom, and enjoys serving in various positions with her local PTAs and School Community Councils. She also actively cheers for her hometown college football favorite, ‘Bama, and her alma mater, BYU. Patricia holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is also a licensed CPA.
You can contact Patricia by the phone number or email found below:
Emily Lockhart Britton - Government Relations Assistant
Emily has a strong background in politics and government. After interning for the Speaker of the House she joined the Office of the Utah State Auditor in January 2013. She is currently working towards her Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. Emily was recently married and lives in Salt Lake with her husband. They enjoy golfing together and cheering on the Utah Jazz!
Emily’s assignments within the Local Government Division include processing all of the submitted reports, corresponding with local government officials, and helping local government officials navigate the online submission system.
You can contact Emily by the phone number or email found below: