Delaware State Auditor
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$2,721,700|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Delaware Constitution, Article III, Section 21|
|Name:||R. Thomas Wagner, Jr.|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Delaware Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Auditor•Secretary of Education•Agriculture Secretary•Insurance Commissioner•Natural Resources Secretary•Labor Secretary•Public Service Commission|
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.
|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.
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.
|Delaware Auditor, 2014|
|Republican||R. Thomas Wagner, Jr. Incumbent||54.2%||123,100|
|Election Results via Delaware Office of the State Election Commissioner.|
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.
- Contacts & Administration
- Audits & Investigations
- See also: Delaware state budget and finances
The budget for the Auditor's Office in the Fiscal Year 2013 was $2,721,700.
- 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.
In 2010, the auditor received compensation in the amount of $139,474.
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401 Federal St.
Townsend Building, Suite 1
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-4241
- Office of the Delaware State Auditor, "About the Office," August 10, 2011
- Delaware Auditor, "Biography" accessed October 3, 2012
- Office of the Delaware State Auditor, "Contact Information," accessed August 10, 2011
- Delaware Office of Management and Budget," Budget Development, Planning and Administration - Fiscal Year 2013 Operating and Capital Budget Information," accessed May 28, 2013
- Delaware Compensation Commission, "2013 Final Report," January 8, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed August 10, 2011