City Auditor & Staff

City Auditor’s Office Staff earn the COSO Internal Control Certificate badge which demonstrates knowledge of the 2013 COSO Internal Control-Integrated Framework. It demonstrates that the City Auditor’s Office staff have the ability to analyze key concepts related to designing, implementing, and assessing the effectiveness of a system of internal control.

City Auditor Carlos Lee Holt joined the City of Gainesville in April, 2015. He previously served as the Internal Audit Manager for Metropolitan Nashville, TN; as the Lead Investigator in the Inspector General's Office at Space and Naval Warfare Center (SPAWAR); as well as a 21 year career in the US Marine Corps. He has an MS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland, an MS in Administration from Central Michigan University and a BS In Accounting from Columbia College. Mr. Holt is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Government Audit Professional (CGAP). He coauthored an ACFE book on Fraud, Fraud Casebook, published by Wiley & Sons. Mr. Holt enjoys participating in professional speaking engagements and presentations to professional groups. He may be contacted at:

Professional Staff

Assistant City Auditor Qian Yuan joined the City of Gainesville in August, 2018. He has ten years of experience in performance and information technology audits at Nashville and Davidson County where he was a Principal Auditor. Qian also previously worked as a supervisor in logistics for a global automobile company, a sales manager for a Chinese international petroleum company, and an instructor of computer literacy, architecture and programming languages for an accredited university in the United States. Qian holds a Bachelor of Art degree in French Language and Literature, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting; and, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. His professional certifications include, among others, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), and ACL Certified Data Analyst (ACDA). He is an active member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and currently served on the Education Committee of the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA). Qian can be contacted by e-mail at

Information Technology Auditor Ron Ison received a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois, Springfield and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University, Long Beach. Mr. Ison has decades of experience in various computer information environments that include the University of California, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Ron can be contacted by e-mail at:


Senior Auditor Emily Bowie joined the City of Gainesville in September, 2017.  Prior to joining the City, Emily spent five and half years with a Big 4 public accounting firm in the Federal Audit practice.  Emily holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with a Minor in International Business from Pennsylvania State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  Professional memberships include Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA)  Emily can be contacted by email at: 


Executive Assistant Ashley Morgan-Daniel joined the City of Gainesville in December 2018.  She has nine years of experience in administration at the University of Oxford - UK, the University of Florida, and Western Kentucky University.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University and she also specialized in English at the University of Cambridge - UK.   Ashley can be contacted by email at: