The Institute of Internal Auditors plans to open a new American Center for Government Auditing in early 2014 and has hired a new director to run it.

The ACGA will offer specialized services to meet the needs of public sector internal auditors. James Pelletier, city auditor for Palo Alto, Calif., will leave his current post and begin working at the IIA’s global headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Fla., next month, the IIA announced Monday. Pelletier has more than 15 years of internal audit experience in both the public and private sectors. He previously served as chief auditor for the county of San Diego and has been an active IIA volunteer for several years, including serving as a member of the International Public Sector Committee.

“With this initiative, we’re seeking to better serve public sector auditors by delivering targeted thought leadership, training, and networking opportunities developed specifically to meet the unique needs and preferences of this select group,” says IIA president and CEO Richard Chambers, whose 37-year internal audit career includes serving two decades in the public sector. “James has the right combination of experience and enthusiasm to oversee the development of this valuable new program for government auditors. We look forward to welcoming him to IIA headquarters and strengthening our support for public sector auditors, who serve in a very demanding role as the guardians of public trust.”

Government auditors are not the first specialty to receive a targeted program of products and services from the IIA. The IIA also offers specialty group memberships for auditors working in the financial services and gaming industries. In addition, the IIA launched an Audit Executive Center nearly three years ago to meet the needs of chief audit executives in various industries.