Utah State Auditor

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Utah State Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $5,186,300
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Utah Constitution, Article VII, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

John Dougall.jpg
Name:  John Dougall
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 7, 2013
Compensation:  $104,000
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Utah State Auditor is an elected position in the Utah state government. The auditor is the chief watchdog for the state, providing independent audits of Utah's state and local governments. The auditor operates independently of any executive or administrative officers of the state.

The position of state auditor is mandated in the Utah constitution and has existed continuously since the state was founded in 1896.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Republican John Dougall. He first won election on November 6, 2012, and took office on January 7, 2013.

Dougall defeated long-time officeholder Auston Johnson in the 2012 Republican primary, after performing well enough in the Republican state convention to force a primary contest.[1] During his campaign and time in office, Dougall has stressed the need for the auditor's office to be more active and high-profile. In practice, this has meant an increase in the number and scope of audits and a greater effort to engage the public in government oversight. As Dougall has said, "If the perception is somebody’s going to come check at some point then it [an audit] helps conscientious people be conscientious about what they’re doing."[2]


The Office of State Auditor is established in Article VII, Section 1 of the state constitution.

Article VII, Section 1:

The elective constitutional officers of the Executive Department shall consist of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, State Treasurer, and Attorney General...


Article VII, Section 3 of the Utah Constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

  1. To be eligible for the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor a person shall be 30 years of age or older at the time of election.
  2. To be eligible for the office of Attorney General a person shall be 25 years of age or older, at the time of election, admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Utah, and in good standing at the bar.
  3. To be eligible for the office of State Auditor or State Treasurer a person shall be 25 years of age or older at the time of election.
  4. No person is eligible to any of the offices provided for in Section 1 unless at the time of election that person is a qualified voter and has been a resident citizen of the state for five years next preceding the election.


According to Article VII, Section 2 of the state constitution, Utah voters elect the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, and auditor...

...every four years at the time and place of voting for members of the Legislature. The candidates respectively having the highest number of votes cast for the office voted for shall be elected. If two or more candidates have an equal and the highest number of votes for any one of the offices, the two houses of the Legislature at its next session shall elect by joint ballot one of those candidates for that office.

  • Per Article VII, Section 1, the newly elected auditor takes office beginning on the first Monday of January next after his election.

Full history


In the event of a vacancy in the office of attorney general, treasurer, auditor, or superintendent of public instruction, Article VII, Section 10 of the state constitution allows the governor to fill the vacancy by appointment. The appointee must be from the same political party as the removed officer, and shall hold the office until a successor is elected and qualified.


The auditor holds users of the state's money accountable by performing audits of state and local governments. The specific duties of the state auditor are outlined in Title 67, Chapter 3 of the Utah code:[3]

  • audit permanent fund, each special fund, the General Fund, and the accounts of any department of state government or any independent agency or public corporation as the law requires, as the auditor determines is necessary, or upon request of the governor or legislature
  • perform audits in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and other auditing procedures as promulgated by recognized authoritative bodies
  • conduct performance and special purpose audits, examinations, and reviews of any entity that receives public funds
Utah state government organizational chart


The office of the state auditor includes four divisions that assist state and local governments with financial matters and perform a variety of audits.[4]

Financial Audit Division

"The Financial Audit Division is responsible for auditing all State departments, agencies and colleges and universities. Both State funds and federal grants are audited. These audits are conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, Government Auditing Standards, and the Single Audit Act to determine the reliability of financial statements, the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls, and the degree of compliance with legal and contractual requirements."[4]

Contact the Financial Audit Division
Financial Audit Director Hollie Andrus: handrus@utah.gov

Phone: 801-808-0467

Financial Audit Director Jon Johnson: jonjohnson@utah.gov

Phone: 801-808-0658

Other Staff: Directory

Performance Audit Group

"The Performance Audit group performs audits that evaluate the efficiency of operations and the effectiveness of programs, and can range from an audit of a specific case or individual to an audit of an entire agency. Performance audits can also measure operational compliance to given criteria such as state/federal law, administrative rule, or policy and the adequacy of such standards."[4]

Contact the Performance Audit Group
Division Director Dave Pulsipher: dspulsipher@utah.gov

Director's Phone: 801-664-8504

Other Staff: Directory

Special Projects

"Special Projects are special request audits, reviews, or other engagements. The audits include internal control reviews, legal compliance and financial related audits, and other investigations, often referred to the Office by citizens, of potential waste, fraud and abuse in government organizations."[4]

Contact Special Projects
Special Project Supervisor Leslie Larsen: leslielarsen@utah.gov

Phone: 801-538-1348

Special Project Supervisor Jenifer Vallejos: jvallejos@utah.gov

Phone: 801-450-4233

Special Project Supervisor Julie Wrigley: jwrigley@utah.gov

Phone: 801-538-1340

Other Staff: Directory

Local Government Division

"The Local Government Division ensures uniform accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting by Utah’s local governments. This is done by providing consultation, budget forms, and uniform accounting guidelines and services for counties, municipalities, school districts, and local districts. The Division reviews independent audits of all units of local government for compliance with reporting standards and conformity with generally accepted accounting principles and State law. The Division also presents training to local government officials and to CPA’s conducting governmental audits."[4]

Contact the Local Government Division
Division Director Van Christensen: vchristensen@utah.gov

Director's Phone: 801-808-0698

Other Staff: Directory

State budget

See also: Utah state budget and finances

The budget for the state auditor's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $5,186,300.[5]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: UT Code § 67-22-1 (2014)

The state auditor, along with Utah's other elected executives, is entitled to a fixed salary, pursuant to Article VII, Section 18 of the Utah Constitution.

The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Attorney General, and any other state officer as the Legislature may provide, shall receive for their services a fixed and definite compensation as provided by law.

The amount of compensation the state auditor receives annually is set by Title 67, Chapter 22, Section 1 of the Utah Code.[6]


In 2014, the state auditor was paid an estimated $104,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2013, the state auditor was paid an estimated $104,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2012, the state auditor was paid an estimated $104,000, according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

There have been 25 state auditors of Utah since 1896.[9]

List of Former Officeholders from 1896-Present
# Name Tenure Party
1 Morgan Richards, Jr 1896 - 1900 Ends.png Republican
2 C.S. Tingey 1901 - 1904 Ends.png Republican
3 J.A. Edwards 1905 - 1908 Ends.png Republican
4 Jesse D. Jewkes 1909 - 1912 Ends.png Republican
5 Lincoln G. Kelly 1913 - 1916 Ends.png Republican
6 Joseph Ririe 1917 - 1920 Electiondot.png Democratic
7 Mark Tuttle 1921 - 1924 Ends.png Republican
8 John E Holden 1925 - 1928 Ends.png Republican
9 Ivor Ajax 1929 - 1932 Ends.png Republican
10 Julius C Anderson 1933 - 1936 Electiondot.png Democratic
11 John W. Guy 1937 - 1940 Electiondot.png Democratic
12 Reese M. Reese 1941 - 1944 Electiondot.png Democratic
13 Ferrell H. Adams 1945 - 1948 Electiondot.png Democratic
14 Reese M. Reese 1949 - 1952 Electiondot.png Democratic
15 Sherman J. Preece 1953 - 1956 Ends.png Republican
16 Sid Lambourne 1957 - 1961 Ends.png Republican
17 Sherman J. Preece 1961 – 1965 Ends.png Republican
18 Sharp M. Larsen 1965 - 1969 Electiondot.png Democratic
19 Sherman J. Preece 1969 - 1972 Ends.png Republican
20 David Monson 1972 - 1976 Ends.png Republican
21 Richard G. Jensen 1976 - 1980 Ends.png Republican
22 W. Val Oveson 1980 - 1985 Ends.png Republican
23 Tom L. Allen 1985 - 1995 Ends.png Republican
24 Auston G. Johnson 1995 - 2013 Ends.png Republican
25 John Dougall 2013 - Present Ends.png Republican

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Contact information


Office of the Utah State Auditor
Utah State Capitol Complex
Senate Office Building Suite E310
P.O. Box 142310
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: (801) 538-1025

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