Dr. Tanya Harris, CPA

Division Chief
Riverside County Auditor-Controller

Tanya Harris has been with the Riverside County Auditor Controller’s Office since 2006. She was promoted in December 2012 to General Accounting Division Chief.  Prior to that she as was a Principal Accountant overseeing the cash management, capital assets, central journal processing and accounts receivable function in the general accounting division.  Ms. Harris first joined Riverside County in 2003 and was an accountant with the Department of Mental Health.  She also brings extensive private sector business experience to the position.  She was the Assistant Controller for Stater Bros Markets, the Accounting Manager for Canon USA and Symbol Technologies, and the Accounting Officer for the Department of the Navy. 

Ms. Harris holds a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Public Administration from California Baptist University where she now serves as an Adjunct Profession.  Her dissertation was entitled “Employee Engagement:  The Path to Understanding Public Sector Silent Heroes – Millennial Accountants.  She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a graduate of University of California Riverside’s Accounting for Governmental & Non-Profit Certification Program.  Ms. Harris is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the states of California and Virginia.  In addition Ms. Harris is the Treasurer for the Inland Empire Chapter of American Society of Public Administrators and is a former president of the Association of Government Accountants, Inland Empire Chapter.  She is a member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers association and the Government Finance Officers Association.  Finally, Ms. Harris is also a graduate of Academy Leadership: Developing Leaders Who Deliver Results.