Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector

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Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $10,321,000
Term limits:  8 years
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Oklahoma Constitution, Article VI, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Gary Jones
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2011
Compensation:  $114,713
Elections
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector is an elected official in the Oklahoma state government. The auditor acts as a watchdog for the state government and provides citizens, legislators, and government officials with professional and independent evaluations of Oklahoma's financial records and performance reports.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Gary Jones. He was first elected in 2010 and assumed office in January of 2011.

Authority

The office of the Oklahoma State Auditor is established in Article VI, Section 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

Article VI, Section 1:

A. The Executive authority of the state shall be vested in a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Inspector, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Labor, Commissioner of Insurance and other officers provided by law and this Constitution, each of whom shall keep his office and public records, books and papers at the seat of government, and shall perform such duties as may be designated in this Constitution or prescribed by law.

B. The Secretary of State shall be appointed by the Governor by and with the consent of the Senate for a term of four (4) years to run concurrently with the term of the Governor.

Qualifications

Article VI, Section 3 of the Oklahoma Constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Inspector, Attorney General, State Treasurer or Superintendent of Public Instruction except a citizen of the United States of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years and who shall have been ten (10) years next preceding his or her election, or appointment, a qualified elector of this state.

In addition, Article 6, Section 19 stipulates that the auditor must have at least three years experience as an expert accountant.

  • a citizen of the United States.
  • at least 31 years old.
  • a qualified elector of Oklahoma for the 10 preceding years.
  • 3 years experience as an expert accountant

Elections

Oklahoma state government organizational chart

The Oklahoma State Auditor is elected every years, in mid-term elections. The position is elected in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018.

On March 14, 2011, the Oklahoma State Senate approved a bill that would give the governor the power to appoint 7 of the 11 statewide elected officials, including the auditor. The Senate would have to confirm all appointments. Voters will decide whether to approve the measure.[1]

Term limits

No person may serve as the Oklahoma auditor for more than 8 years, excluding years served for less than a full term to fill a vacancy in the office.[2]

Full History

2014

See also: Oklahoma down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Republican incumbent Gary Jones won election without opposition on November 4, 2014.


Vacancies

Under Article 6, Section 13 of the state constitution, in the event of a vacancy in the office the governor appoints a person to serve until a successor is either elected or appointed and qualified by law.

Duties

The mission of the Oklahoma state auditor is to "independently serve the citizens of Oklahoma by promoting accountability and fiscal integrity in state and local government."[3] The specific duties of the auditor are outlined in the constitution:

  • examine the state and all county treasurer's books, accounts and cash on hand or in bank at least twice a year
  • publish a report once each year with the results of those examinations
  • prescribe a uniform system of bookkeeping for the use of all treasurers

Divisions

  • Administrative Division
  • Local Government and Special Services
  • Gaming & Horse Racing
  • Information Services
  • Management Services
  • Minerals Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • State Agency Division
  • Training/CPE

State budget

The budget for the Auditor and Inspectors Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $10,321,000.[4]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2014

In 2014, the Oklahoma Auditor received a salary of $114,713, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

2013

In 2013, the Oklahoma Auditor was paid an estimated $114,713. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]

2010

In 2010, the Oklahoma Auditor was paid an estimated $114,713 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

Summary of past officeholders. Since 1907, Oklahoma has had 11 auditors. Of the 11, 2 were Republican and 9 were Democrat.

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Contact information

Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector
State Capitol, Room 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Phone: 405-521-3495
Fax: 405-521-3426
E-mail: Webmaster

See also

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