Gary Blackmer

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Gary Blackmer
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Oregon Audits Director
In office
June 2009 - Present
Years in position 6
Base salary$147,324
Elections and appointments
AppointedJune 2009
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Portland, Oregon City Auditor
1999 – 2009
Multnomah County, Oregon Auditor
1991 – 1998
Senior Management Auditor, City of Portland
1985 – 1990
Bachelor'sNorthern Illinois University (1972)
OtherCertified Internal Auditor (1988)
Date of birth1950
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Gary Blackmer is the head of the Audits Division of the Oregon Secretary of State, and therefore the current Oregon Auditor. He was first appointed to the position on June 1, 2009.[1]


Blackmer earned his bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University in 1972. He went on to spend two years at Portland State University pursuing a Ph.D in Systems Science. In 1988, Blackmer became a Certified Internal Auditor, and began his auditing career that would take him from senior management auditor in Portland, performing research work for a variety of state and local agencies, to an appointment to the esteemed advisory body of GAO Comptroller General’s Domestic Working Group, in 2006.[2]


  • Northern Illinois University (1972)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (1988)
  • Completed two years of a Ph.D program, Portland State University

Political career

Oregon State Auditor (2009-present)

Blackmer was first appointed to the position on June 1, 2009.[3] Prior to assuming the state-level auditor position, Blackmer served two terms as the elected Auditor for Multnomah County and, most recently, was elected auditor for the City of Portland, a post he left to accept his appointment in 2009.



Per chapter 177.170 of the Oregon Statutes, which stipulates, "the Secretary of State shall designate one person employed by the Division of Audits of the Offices of the Secretary of State to be responsible for reports of waste, inefficiency or abuse received through the Government Waste Hotline or received by the secretary through any other method," Blackmer was selected to head the audits division by Kate Brown, who was the Oregon Secretary of State at the time of his appointment in June 2009.[4]

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