Alaska Comptroller

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Alaska Comptroller
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $10,881,200
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at pleasure of governor
Selection Method:  Appointed
Current Officeholder
Name:  Scott Jones
Assumed office:  2014
Compensation:  $122,710
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The Comptroller of the State of Alaska is a state executive position in the Alaska state government.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Scott Jones. Leary was appointed to this position in 2014.[1]

The previous comptroller, Pam Leary, moved into the state treasurer position.[2][1]

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the AK Comptroller's organizational chart as of May 27, 2013.


The Alaska Comptroller's powers are derived from Title 39, Chapter 25.

Chapter 25, Section 120:

Partially exempt service.

(a) Positions in the partially exempt service are included in the position classification plan established under this chapter and are compensated according to the pay plan under AS 39.27.011 .

(b) A person holding a position in the partially exempt service is not required to complete an assessment and is not eligible for a hearing by the personnel board in case of dismissal, demotion, or suspension. Positions in the partially exempt service are specifically exempt from the rules established under AS 39.25.150 (3) - (10), (12), (13), and (16).

(c) The following positions in the state service constitute the partially exempt service: [...]

[...] (10) the comptroller in the division of treasury, Department of Revenue;[...][3]


According to the Job Class Specifications, the following criteria must be met to qualify for Alaska Comptroller:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a major in accounting or finance with an accounting emphasis;
  • Five years professional experience in accounting, two of which must be in a supervisory position;
  • And, current Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certificate.[4]


Alaska Comptroller is a classified position in the Alaska state government. Appointments to the position are governed by the general rules for all classified positions. These are largely outlined in the Alaska Administrative Code, Title 2, Chapter 7.

Article 5, Section 170:

Selection for appointment
(a) Appointments to positions in the classified service must be made on the basis of merit by selection from persons eligible for appointment without public announcement, or from the available qualified applicants responding to an announcement of a vacancy taking into account the duties that are assigned to the position.
(b) When qualified applicants are ranked under the provisions of 2 AAC 07.106, appointments will normally be made from among the most qualified applicants. If practicable and in the best interest of the state service, vacancies will be filled by promotion.

Additionally, Comptroller is part of the executive branch of Alaska state government, and falls under the general rules for appointments with in that branch. These appointments are done by the governor or, alternatively, the governor may delegate this power to another official. The authority for the governor to appoint the comptroller is derived from Alaska Statute Title 39, Chapter 25, Section 20.

Appointing authorities.
(a) The authority to appoint to positions in the state service is as follows:

[...](2) the governor is the appointing authority for all officers and employees of the executive branch, but the authority to make appointments may be delegated;[...][5]


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The duties of the Alaska Comptroller are laid out in the Job Class Specifications as follows:

  • Produce monthly and annual financial statements for all State and Retirement System funds and certify their integrity.
  • Produce quarterly and annual reports on investment activities for the Public Employees' and Teachers' Retirement Trust Funds.
  • Coordinate accounting and financial reporting requirements and activities with the Portfolio Management and Cash Management Sections of the Treasury Division, the State's custodial bank, mortgage seller-servicers, the Department of Administration, and other State agencies.
  • Represent the Treasury Division at meetings of the Alaska State Pension Investment Board, Public Employees' Retirement System Board and Teachers' Retirement System Board as well as legislative hearings.
  • Prepare the Annual Report for the Alaska State Pension Investment Board.
  • Develop and continually monitor Treasury's annual operating budget; supports the budget at legislative and other hearings; establishes and manages a cost center budget reporting system for the Division which is used for operational decisions.
  • Initiate and administer contractual relationships with the State's custodial bank, the Treasury Division's external audit firm and other professional organizations.
  • Monitor the activities of external money managers and serve as operational liaison between the audit firm and the Treasury staff during audit fieldwork.
  • Develop Treasury's data processing goals, objectives, procedures, and requirements for hardware, software, and training; direct activities of the division's data processing function.
  • Conduct special assignments, studies, or analyses at the request of the Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner, Legislature, pension boards, or Governor. This may result in oral and/or written testimony before various government or nongovernment audiences. Assist other divisions on evaluation of vendor proposals and related contract awards.
  • Serve as financial and accounting adviser to the Deputy Commissioner.[4]


  • Accounting
  • Administrative
  • Compliance
  • Information Technology

State budget

See also: Alaska state budget and finances

The budget for the Treasury Division, which falls under the State Department of Revenue, in Fiscal Year 2014 is $10,881,200.[6]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the Alaska Comptroller's salary decreased to $122,710, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2013, the Alaska Comptroller was paid an estimated $126,612.[8]

Historical officeholders

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P.O. Box 110405
333 West Willoughby
11th Floor SOB
Anchorage, AK 99501
Tel: 907-465-3751
Fax: 907-465-2394

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