Wyoming State Auditor
|Wyoming State Auditor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013-2014 FY Budget:||$29,082,381|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 11|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Wyoming Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditors: Auditor • Director • Superintendent of Education • Director of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Duties
- 6 Elections
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 State profile
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
Article 4, Section 11:
|There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature, a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction...|
|There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature, a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction, who shall have attained the age of twenty-five (25) years respectively, shall be citizens of the United States, and shall have the qualifications of state electors...|
- at least twenty-five (25) years of age
- a citizen of the United States
- qualified as an elector in the state of Wyoming
Article 4, Section 7 of the state constitution grants the governor the authority to fill any office that becomes vacant, so long as there is not already a constitutional or legal method for filling the vacancy.
The state auditor in Wyoming is the chief accountant and payroll officer for all state agencies. They keep the public account books, accounts, vouchers, documents and all papers relating to the accounts and contracts of the state. The auditor also serves as the clerk of the state legislature and keeps a record of expenditures in each session of the legislators and an inventory of its supplies and property.
Additional duties are outlines in Title 9, Chapter 1, Article 4 of the Wyoming state code:
- serve as the comptroller and official custodian of all state accounting records
- serve as the chief fiscal control officer
- maintain the state's central fiscal accounts
- order all payments into and out of the funds held by the state treasurer
- maintain the official payroll for all state agencies, excluding the University of Wyoming
The state auditor is elected every four years, in mid-term election years. In Wyoming, state auditor elections were held in 2010 and 2014, with an upcoming election in 2016.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Wyoming State Auditor, Click [show] to expand the section.
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- See also: Wyoming state budget and finances
The budget for the Office of the State Auditor in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $29,082,381.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
There have been 20 Wyoming State Auditors since 1890. Of the 20 officeholders, 17 were Republican and three were Democrat.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1890-Present|
|1||C. W. Burdick||1890‐1895||Republican|
|2||William O. Owen||1895‐1899||Republican|
|4||Robert B. Forsyth||1911‐1919||Republican|
|5||Ishmael C. Jefferis||1919‐1923||Republican|
|8||William "Scotty" Jack||1935‐1944||Democratic|
|10||John J. McIntyre||1944‐1947||Democratic|
|11||Everett T. Copenhaver||1947‐1955||Republican|
|12||Minnie A. Mitchell||1955‐1967||Republican|
|13||Everett T. Copenhaver||1967‐1973||Republican|
|14||Edwin J. Witzenburger||1973‐1975||Republican|
|15||James B. Griffith||1975‐1987||Republican|
There were nine state auditors of the territory of Wyoming between 1869 and 1890. Of the nine officeholders, eight were Republican and one was Democrat.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1869-1890|
|1||Benjamin Gallagher||1869 - 1870||Democratic|
|2||James H. Hayford||1870 - 1872||Republican|
|3||James H. Hayford||1872 - 1875||Republican|
|4||Orlando North||1875 - 1877||Republican|
|5||Stephen W. Downey||1877 - 1879||Republican|
|6||J. S. Nason||1879 - 1882||Republican|
|7||Jesse Knight||1882 - 1884||Republican|
|8||Perry L. Smith||1884 - 1886||Republican|
|9||Mortimer N. Grant||1886 - 1890||Republican|
Wyoming's population in 2014 was 584,153 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 3.6 percent change from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 5.8 in 2010, trailing the national average of 87.4. Wyoming experienced a 2.8 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, exceeding a 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.
Wyoming fell below the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.7 percent of Wyoming residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level. The median household income in Wyoming was $57,406 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 10.9 percent poverty rate in Wyoming during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.
Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.
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State Auditor's Office
Cheyenne, WY 82002
- Wyoming State Auditor website, "History of Wyoming State Auditors (page 6)," accessed August 23, 2011
- Wyoming state code, "Title 9, Chapter 1, Article 4: Auditor and treasurer," accessed August 23, 2011
- Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 11
- Wyoming Department of Administration and Information, "Department Budget Summary Office of the State Auditor 2013-2014," accessed April 2, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 8, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 31, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed May 14, 2011
- History of Wyoming State Auditors, "State Auditors," accessed August 5, 2013
- History of Wyoming State Auditors, "Territorial Auditors," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "QuickFacts Beta," accessed April 3, 2015
- Wyoming Secretary of State, "Wyoming Election Results," accessed April 3, 2015
- The American Presidency Project, "Presidential Elections Data," accessed April 3, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014