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Internal Audit contact information

Name Title Telephone Number Email Address
Jim Thompson City Auditor (505) 768-3138 [email protected]
Vacant Internal Audit Manager    
Vacant Sr. Info. Systems Auditor    
Vacant Contract Auditor    
Michelle Clark Principal Auditor (505) 768-3156 [email protected]
Chris Senutovitch Principal Auditor  (505) 768-3155 [email protected]
Connie Barros-Montoya Staff Auditor  (505) 768-3157 [email protected]
Joy A. Serna Executive Assistant (505) 768-3154 [email protected]

Employee Bios

Jim Thompson, City Auditor

Jim is a CPA and CFE and has over thirty years of audit experience.  Jim has served as the City Auditor since June 2018. Prior to becoming the City Auditor, he worked for several large public accounting firms. Jim began his audit career as an auditor in 1989 with Arthur Andersen, a big four public accounting firm.  In 1999, he left Arthur Andersen to join a large local public accounting firm that later merged with a large national firm in 2006.  Jim served as a partner in the large national firm’s governmental practice from 2006 until his retirement from the firm in 2017. Over the years, he has performed a variety of audits and forensic audits involving large government entities.  Jim is experienced in performing audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards.  Many of these audits involved city, county, and state & local governments throughout New Mexico.  Jim graduated from UNM’s Anderson School of Business in May 1989 and proudly served in the United States Coast Guard from 1982 to 1986.

Michelle Clark, Principal Auditor

Michelle has 30 years of experience in accounting, auditing and financial reporting within the State of New Mexico.  Michelle has been in the private sector, for 17 of those years, in for-profit and non-profit entities.   Michelle has worked, 13 years within state government, at the NM Department of Finance and Administration, NM Office of the State Auditor, NM Public Education Department and NM Human Services Division – Office of Inspector General.  Michelle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting from the University of New Mexico – Robert O. Anderson School of Management.  Michelle’s focus has been on government financial auditing as well as program performance audits.  Michelle has experience in performing audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards.  The financial and performance audit work was performed at city, county, state and local governments.  Also, Michelle has performed various special audits that resulted in multiple and significant findings of fraud, waste and abuse.

Chris Senutovitch, Principal Auditor

Chris is an Albuquerque native with a BBA and MACCT from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management. After graduation in 2009, Chris took a job with the US Department of Defense (DoD) auditing high dollar contracts. In 2011, Chris passed the CPA and CFE Exams.

Over the last 10 years he has had a number of operational roles including team lead of a multi-billion-dollar audit of DoD contractor KBR in Houston, TX to being selected for a long-term deployment to Afghanistan. In Afghanistan Chris was part of a multi-unit Task Force lead by Two-star General. His role in Afghanistan ranged from assisting Federal Law Enforcement Officers to investigate major procurement fraud to gathering financial intelligence used to prevent U.S. tax dollars from being spent contracting with enemy combatants.

Connie Barros-Montoya, Staff Auditor

Connie has 24 years of experience in financial and collections in the private sector and 6 years of experience with Taxation and Revenue.  With one year of auditing with Weight Distance and 2 years of auditing with International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) and International Registration Program (IRP).  Connie graduated from University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s of Science in Business and a minor in Accounting.

Joy A. Serna, Executive Assistant

Joy has been with the City of Albuquerque for over 12 years.  Her career began at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History with the Cultural Services Department.  Prior to joining OIA, Joy worked at the Planning Department, where she was the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Code Enforcement Division and also the secretary for the Housing Advisory and Appeals Committee.

Certifications

  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Professional Associations

  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Association of Government Accountants (AGA)