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Delaware State Auditor

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Delaware Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $2,721,700
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Delaware Constitution, Article III, Section 21
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Thomas Wagner.jpg
Name:  R. Thomas Wagner, Jr.
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  1989
Compensation:  $108,532
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Delaware Executive Offices
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The Delaware State Auditor is a state executive position in the Delaware state government. The auditor is responsible for providing "evaluations of the State's fiscal accountability and public program performance."[1] The auditor's office performs a comprehensive financial report of the state government, along with individual performance and financial audits of various policies, agencies and projects.

Current officeholder

The current auditor is R. Thomas Wagner, Jr.. Wagner, a Republican, was first appointed to his position in 1989 to fill the unexpired term of his predecessor. In 2010, over twenty years later, he won re-election for the sixth time -- a record for the office. Wagner was most recently re-elected in 2014.

Before becoming auditor, Wagner was a state bank examiner in the office of the State Bank Commissioner and a staffer for the Delaware House of Representatives. He also served two terms as mayor of Camden, DE. Wagner holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Richmond, and an M.B.A. from Wilmington College.[2]


The office of auditor is established in Article III, Section 21 of the Delaware Constitution.

Delaware Constitution, Article III, Section 21

The terms of the office of the Attorney General, the Insurance Commissioner, the Auditor of Accounts and the State Treasurer shall be four years. These officers shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the State at general elections, and be commissioned by the Governor.


There are no particular qualifications for the office of state auditor.


Delaware state government organizational chart

Auditors are elected every four years during federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.). They take office in January of the year following their election.


See also: Delaware down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Delaware Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngR. Thomas Wagner, Jr. Incumbent 54.2% 123,100
     Democratic Brenda Mayrack 45.8% 103,939
Total Votes 227,039
Election Results via Delaware Office of the State Election Commissioner.

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of auditor.


If a vacancy occurs in the office of auditor, the governor appoints a replacement to serve until the next election. Details of vacancy appointments are laid out in Article III, Section 9 of the Delaware Constitution.


The auditor's office is responsible for conducting postaudits of state agencies' financial transactions, a comprehensive annual financial report of the entire state government, and performance audits of other government programs. It also evaluates the management practices of state agencies.[1]


  • Executive
  • Contacts & Administration
  • Audits & Investigations[3]

State budget

See also: Delaware state budget and finances

The budget for the Auditor's Office in the Fiscal Year 2013 was $2,721,700.[4]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of Delaware's elected state executives are determined by state law as mandated by the Delaware Constitution. Article III of the state constitution requires that salary changes not take effect until after the current terms of affected offices.

The Delaware State Legislature created the Delaware Compensation Commission in 1984 to determine state executive salaries. This commission consists of six members including two appointees by the governor, one appointee each by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Delaware State Senate, the current chair of the Delaware Business Roundtable and the director of the state Office of Management and Budget. Commissioners meet every four years to make salary recommendations, which are implemented unless the Delaware State Legislature rejects the entirety of the report. From 1985 to 2013, the commission's report has only been rejected once by legislators, who submitted their own salary increases for executives officials in 1993.[5]


In 2014, the auditor received a salary of $108,532, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the auditor was paid an estimated $108,532. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2012, the auditor was paid an estimated $107,457. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the auditor received compensation in the amount of $139,474.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact info


401 Federal St.
Townsend Building, Suite 1
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-4241

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