Washington State Auditor

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Washington State Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2013 FY Budget:  $11,978,000
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Washington Constitution, Article 3, Section 2
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Troy Kelley
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 16, 2013
Compensation:  $116,950
Elections
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Washington State Auditor is an elected state executive position in the Washington state government.

The auditor is an advocate for government accountability, auditing financial information at all levels of state government.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Troy Kelley (D). First elected in 2012, Kelley has served in this position since January 16, 2013.

Grand jury investigation

Kelley and department employee Jason JeRue became entangled in a federal grand jury investigation into past business dealings in March 2015. A subpoena issued by the jury on March 5 sought emails between Kelley and JeRue related to Post Closing Department, an escrow firm previously owned by Kelley accused of withholding $1.2 million in refunds from a former client. Kelley denied any connection to the firm's actions and agreed to a settlement to resolve the case in 2011. Federal treasury agents searched Kelley's home as part of the investigation on March 16. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) called on Kelley to recuse himself from official duties dealing with the case but did not ask for his resignation. State Sen. Mark Miloscia (R) asked for greater transparency, saying, "The people and voters of this state deserve an explanation so we can understand the reason for these events and be able to make our own decisions about what it means or choose to investigate further. This must happen very quickly if we’re going to keep public trust in our government."[1]

Kelley's office handed over 53 emails from his office email account sent between January 1 and March 19, though none of these emails involved JeRue. State Rep. Dan Kristiansen (R) expressed skepticism that Kelley and JeRue had not maintained contact given their longstanding friendship, saying, "You'd think there would be communiques they exchange in the course of operations, the way we all live now." Kelley and JeRue met in the late 1990s and the auditor hired JeRue as a part-time technical writer following his election in 2012.[2]

Grand jury indictment

See the full text of the indictment here

On April 16, 2015, the federal grand jury indicted Kelley on 10 charges including possession of stolen property, four counts of false declaration and attempted obstruction of civil lawsuit related to his tenure as owner of Post Closing Department. The indictment also concluded that Kelley hid $2,581,653 in funds from the Internal Revenue Service. Kelley pleaded not guilty to the charges but announced in a statement that he would take a leave of absence on May 1 to mount his legal defense.[3] Gov. Inslee made the following statement after announcement of the indictment:

This indictment today makes it clear to me that Troy Kelley cannot continue as state auditor. He should resign immediately. An appointee can restore confidence in the office and assure the public that the Office of the State Auditor will operate at the high standards required of the post. [4]

The Seattle Times, (2015) [3]

Kelley will appear before U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton on May 8. If Kelley resigns, Inslee would appoint a replacement though the length of an appointee's term would depend on the timing of the resignation. The first day to file declarations of candidacy for Washington's 2015 elections is May 11. A resignation prior to May 11 would lead to a special election in November 2015 for the remainder of Kelley's term ending January 2017. If a resignation takes place after May 11, Inslee's appointee would serve until the next general election in November 2016. Kelley would be forced by state law to resign office if he is convicted of a felony.[3][5]

Authority

Article 3 of the state constitution establishes the state's executive offices.

Article III, Section 2:

Executive Department. The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and a commissioner of public lands, who shall be severally chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and place of voting as for the members of the legislature.

Qualifications

Article 3, Section 25 of the state constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

Qualifications, Compensation, Offices Which May Be Abolished. No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office...
  • a citizen of the United States
  • a qualified elector in Washington

Vacancies

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Duties

As an advocate for government accountability, the state auditor audits financial information in compliance with state, federal and local laws. The office audits all local governments, including schools, and Allstate agencies, including institutions of higher education The office is also responsible for special investigations of fraud whistleblower cases.[6]

Divisions

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Elections

Washington state government organizational chart

In Washington, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and commissioner of public lands are elected every four years. Elections are held in November and winners assume office the following January, serving until their successors are elected and qualified.

Washington elects their state executives in presidential years including 2016, 2020 and 2024.

Full history


State budget

See also: Washington state budget and finances

The budget for the Auditor's Office in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $11,978,000.[7]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

Article III, Section 20 of the state constitution initially set the annual salary of the auditor at $2,000 but allowed for the state legislature to increase it.

2014

In 2014, the auditor received a salary of $116,950, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

2013

In 2013, the auditor was paid an estimated $116,950. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[9]

2012

In 2012, the auditor was paid an estimated $116,950 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Washington State Auditor
Insurance Building
Capitol Campus
302 Sid Snyder Avenue SW
Olympia, Washington 98504-0021
Phone: (360) 902-0370
TDD Relay: (800) 833-6388

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