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Columbus — Robert “Bob” Hinkle, assistant chief auditor to Ohio Auditor Keith Faber, received the National Intergovernmental Auditing Forum’s (NIAF) highest state honors this month as part of its awards biennial David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability.

Hinkle was one of three people to receive the prestigious national honor, which recognizes “government audit professionals who have made continuous contributions to improving government performance and accountability through their leadership in the transformation of governmental organizations”.

The NIAF has presented this award since 2008 to audit executives in federal, state and local governments. This year’s awards were presented May 17 by the Honorable Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller of the United States, during the 24and Biennial Virtual Forum of Government Auditors.

Forward thinking and problem solving have been hallmarks of Hinkle, auditor Faber said.

“Bob has dedicated decades of service to the Auditor’s Office. His innovative spirit and deep knowledge of the office helps me achieve my goal of having the Office of the Auditor improve the transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of government at all levels in Ohio,” said Faber. “In such an example of his innovative spirit, he envisioned an electronic financial statement system to help streamline the auditing process at all levels of government across Ohio. This system has reduced audit costs for communities while simplifying the audit process.”

The system was officially renamed the Hinkle System by former auditor Dave Yost (2011-19) in recognition of Bob’s contribution to this breakthrough in service to audit clients, as well as his dedication to the taxpayers of the audit. ‘Ohio.

Hinkle is the only deputy chief auditor to have been asked to play this vital role by four Ohio state auditors.

“I can say without exaggeration that Bob Hinkle was – and is – one of the most capable, humble and caring public servants with whom I have ever had the good fortune to work side by side,” said the former State Auditor Betty Montgomery (2003 -07).

“Throughout his 37-year career with the Office of the Auditor, Bob has always been recognized as an outstanding public servant by his peers, clients and professional organizations. He has previously been recognized by the Ohio GFOA, receiving the Hugh Dorrian Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Central Ohio AGA, receiving the Excellence in Government Leadership Award.

Bob, a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Financial Manager and is a member of the AICPA, OSCPA, AGA and GFOA. He and his wife, Kelly, reside in Morrow County and have three adult children: Lincey, Garrison and Alexis.


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The Office of the State Auditor, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 6,000 state and local government agencies . Under auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public bodies, and promotes transparency in government.

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