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:
Rebekka Wilkinson – Staff – School Districts
Rebekka Wilkinson is the most recent addition to the Local Government group. She began working at the Office of the Utah State Auditor in 2006 and has since performed a variety of financial and compliance audits. Previous to this, Rebekka worked for a private CPA firm in San Francisco for three years. Rebekka holds a Masters degree in Accounting from Southern Utah University and is a certified fraud examiner and licensed CPA. She is looking forward to becoming more involved with the Local Government group and meeting new folks in local governments around the State.
Rebekka grew up in North Carolina in a military family but has now spent most of her life out West. A soon-to-be first-time home buyer, she expects her free time will shortly become absorbed in helping her sisters decorate her new home. Until then, she will continue to enjoy teasing/doting on her miniature relatives, piecing quilts, and traveling to fun places.
You can contact Rebekka by the phone number or email found below:
Emily Lockhart – Government Relations Assistant
Emily has a strong background in politics and government. She has managed campaigns, interned for the Speaker of the House, and is currently a county delegate. She joined the State Auditor’s Office in January 2013. Emily helps the Local Government Division by receiving and processing all of the reports submitted to the Office.
Emily is currently working towards her Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. She loves to golf and watch movies.
You can contact Emily by the phone number or email found below: