Accounting & Business Advisors | Certified Public Accountants

Government & Non-Profits Audit Division

Our firm has earned a strong reputation for performing timely, professional audits for city and county governments as well as water, sewer and other public authorities throughout North Georgia. Going beyond standard audit practice, we provide extensive analysis and recommendations to strengthen internal controls and improve efficiency and operation. 

Your professional audit partner

Why take a chance with your audit? With Rushton as your audit partner, you’ll never take a chance. Rushton offers a full range of proven auditing services to help governments, private businesses and non-profits strengthen and grow their futures. We make it our business to be knowledgeable and up to date on rapidly changing accounting standards, rules and regulations — many of which carry stiff penalties for non-compliance. At Rushton , we have the track record and expertise to guide you through the process with confidence. We pay attention to every detail, so you don’t have to. 

Our team, which includes three “Certified Fraud Examiners” (CFE), also excels in investigation of fraud and litigation support through forensic accounting. We provide internal control consulting to ensure that safeguards such as proper supervision and sign-off on financial procedures are in place to avoid mismanagement or fraud. 

The Rushton audit team edge

  • Oversight by experienced CPAs.
  • Extensive experience with municipal and county governments and public utilities with budgets from $10 million up to $75 million.
  • Team is highly trained in government accounting standards.
  • Provides GASB 34 consulting services, including capital assets and infrastructure.
  • Skilled at forensic accounting.
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • GAO Yellow Book and OMB A-133 audits.
  • Expertise in internal controls and efficiencies.
  • Guidance in compliance with State of Georgia regulations

Some of our audit clients:

Georgia cities represented: Lavonia, Gainesville, Royston, Elberton, Norcross, Carnesville.
Counties: Habersham, White, Franklin.
Churches: Free Chapel and Lakewood Baptist churches in Gainesville.
Non-profits: North Georgia Community Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens, Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. 

J. Chris Hollifield, CPA – Managing Partner
As Audit Partner of the firm, Chris Hollifield specializes in managing audits for entities such as governments and non-profits. “We make sure that we make suggestions and recommendations that are realistic and can really work,” he said. 

A University of Georgia graduate, Chris has served as treasurer and board member of the Gainesville Jaycees, United Way, CASA and Wauka Mountain PTO. 

Clay Pilgrim, CPA, CFE –Audit Partner
Audit Partner Clay Pilgrim, a University of North Georgia graduate, is certified to perform audits in accordance with GAO Yellow Book requirements and OMB circular A-133. He also is designated as a "Certified Fraud Examiner" by the worldwide Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Clay is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and serves as Vice President of the Northeast Georgia Chapter, also serving as a memberof that organization's College Outreach Task Force.  

Non-profit audits

Our strong audit reputation extends beyond those for city and county governments to numerous non-profit agencies and private businesses in the region. Again, going beyond standard audit practice, we provide extensive analysis and recommendations to strengthen internal controls and improve efficiency and operation.

Audit Team