Nevada Controller

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Nevada Controller
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $4,055,027
Term limits:  2 terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Nevada Constitution, Article V, Section 29
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder
Name:  Ron Knecht
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 5, 2015
Compensation:  $102,898
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Controller of the State of Nevada is the chief fiscal officer of the government of Nevada. The controller is elected to a four-year term during the federal midterm elections (i.e. 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030). Each controller is limited by the state constitution to two four-year terms.

Current officeholder

The current state controller is Ron Knecht (R). He was first elected in 2014 to replace term-limited predecessor Kim Wallin (D).


The state Constitution addresses the office of the controller in Article V, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section 19:

A Secretary of State, a Treasurer, a Controller, and an Attorney General, shall be elected at the same time and places, and in the same manner as the Governor.


There are no specific qualifications for this office.


The controller is a publicly elected official who serves a term of four years in length. As specified in Article V, Section 19 of the Nevada State Constitution, a limit of two four-year terms is imposed on those who occupy this statewide position.



See also: Nevada down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Nevada Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Knecht 52.5% 282,674
     Democratic Andrew Martin 37.6% 202,573
     Independent American Tom Jones 5.4% 29,108
     Independent None of these candidates 4.4% 23,811
Total Votes 538,166
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.


As established by Article 5, Section 8 of the Nevada Constitution, in the event of a vacancy, the governor fills the office by appointment. The appointee serves until a successor is elected and qualified.


The controller's main duties include conducting the final audit and settling of all claims against the state. they also must ensure compliance with the intent of the constitution, federal laws and state statutes in this regard. The Controller is also responsible for computing, withholding and accounting all state payroll deductions and also overseeing all records in connection with administration and compliance with federal revenue and income tax laws.


Click here to view larger-scale image of the Nevada Controller's office Organizational Chart as of February 11, 2011.

There are four main divisions within the office of controller:[1]

  • Operations
  • Financial reporting
  • Information technology
  • Debt collection

State budget

See also: Nevada state budget and finances

The Office of the State Controller's budget for 2012-2013 was $4,055,027.[2]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the controller received a salary of $102,898, according to the Council of State Governments.[3]


In 2013, the controller was paid an estimated $102,898, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2012, the controller was paid an estimated $97,000, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the controller was paid an estimated $97,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Main Office
State Controller's Office
Nevada State Capitol
101 N Carson St. Suite 5
Carson City NV 89701-4786

Phone:(775)684-5750 Fax:(775)684-5695

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