Utah State Auditor
|Utah State Auditor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$5,186,300|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Utah Constitution, Article VII, Section 1|
|Assumed office:||January 7, 2013|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other Utah Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Attorney General •Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
The position of State Auditor is mandated in the Utah constitution and has existed continuously since the state was founded in 1896.
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. 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."
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:
...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.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2000 for the office of Utah State Auditor, Click [show] to expand the section.
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:
- 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
The office of the state auditor includes four divisions that assist state and local governments with financial matters and perform a variety of audits.
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."
Contact the Financial Audit Division
Financial Audit Director Hollie Andrus: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 801-808-0467
Financial Audit Director Jon Johnson: email@example.com
- 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."
Contact the Performance Audit Group
Division Director Dave Pulsipher: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director's Phone: 801-664-8504
Other Staff: Directory
- "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."
Contact Special Projects
Special Project Supervisor Leslie Larsen: email@example.com
- Phone: 801-538-1348
Special Project Supervisor Jenifer Vallejos: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 801-450-4233
Special Project Supervisor Julie Wrigley: email@example.com
- 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."
Contact the Local Government Division
Division Director Van Christensen: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director's Phone: 801-808-0698
Other Staff: Directory
The budget for the State Auditor's Office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $5,186,300.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
There have been 25 state auditors of Utah since 1896.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1896-Present|
|1||Morgan Richards, Jr||1896 - 1900||Republican|
|2||C.S. Tingey||1901 - 1904||Republican|
|3||J.A. Edwards||1905 - 1908||Republican|
|4||Jesse D. Jewkes||1909 - 1912||Republican|
|5||Lincoln G. Kelly||1913 - 1916||Republican|
|6||Joseph Ririe||1917 - 1920||Democratic|
|7||Mark Tuttle||1921 - 1924||Republican|
|8||John E Holden||1925 - 1928||Republican|
|9||Ivor Ajax||1929 - 1932||Republican|
|10||Julius C Anderson||1933 - 1936||Democratic|
|11||John W. Guy||1937 - 1940||Democratic|
|12||Reese M. Reese||1941 - 1944||Democratic|
|13||Ferrell H. Adams||1945 - 1948||Democratic|
|14||Reese M. Reese||1949 - 1952||Democratic|
|15||Sherman J. Preece||1953 - 1956||Republican|
|16||Sid Lambourne||1957 - 1961||Republican|
|17||Sherman J. Preece||1961 – 1965||Republican|
|18||Sharp M. Larsen||1965 - 1969||Democratic|
|19||Sherman J. Preece||1969 - 1972||Republican|
|20||David Monson||1972 - 1976||Republican|
|21||Richard G. Jensen||1976 - 1980||Republican|
|22||W. Val Oveson||1980 - 1985||Republican|
|23||Tom L. Allen||1985 - 1995||Republican|
|24||Auston G. Johnson||1995 - 2013||Republican|
|25||John Dougall||2013 - Present||Republican|
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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
- Deseret News, "Longtime state auditor Auston Johnson facing primary challenge from Rep. John Dougall," February 19, 2014
- Deseret News, "An auditor with an eagle eye," February 19, 2014
- Lexis.com, "Utah Code Ann. § 67-3-1," accessed October 28, 2011
- Office of the Utah State Auditor, "About Us," January 14, 2014
- Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, "2013 Budget Summary – Tables," accessed April 6, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 8, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 29, 2014
- Garrett Fortin, "Email communication with the Research Center of the Utah State Archives & Utah State History," January 14, 2014