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Delaware Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $2,721,700
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Delaware Constitution, Article III, Section 21
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  R. Thomas Wagner, Jr.
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  1989
Compensation:  $107,457
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Delaware State Auditor is a state executive position in the Delaware state government. The auditor is responsible for providing "evaluations of the State's fiscal accountability and public program performance."[1] The auditor's office performs a comprehensive financial report of the state government, along with individual performance and financial audits of various policies, agencies and projects.

Current officeholder

The current auditor is R. Thomas Wagner, Jr.. Wagner, a Republican, was first appointed to his position in 1989 to fill the unexpired term of his predecessor. In 2010, over twenty years later, he won re-election for the sixth time -- a record for the office. Wagner will next come up for re-election in 2014.

Before becoming auditor, Wagner was a state bank examiner in the office of the State Bank Commissioner and a staffer for the Delaware House of Representatives. He also served two terms as mayor of Camden, DE. Wagner holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Richmond, and an MBA from Wilmington College.


The office of auditor is established in Article III, Section 21 of the Delaware Constitution.

Delaware Constitution, Article III, Section 21

The terms of the office of the Attorney General, the Insurance Commissioner, the Auditor of Accounts and the State Treasurer shall be four years. These officers shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the State at general elections, and be commissioned by the Governor.


There are no particular qualifications for the office of state auditor.


Auditors are elected every four years during federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.). They take office in January of the year following their election.

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of auditor.


If a vacancy occurs in the office of auditor, the governor appoints a replacement to serve until the next election. Details of vacancy appointments are laid out in Article III, Section 9 of the Delaware Constitution.


The auditor's office is responsible for conducting postaudits of state agencies' financial transactions, a comprehensive annual financial report of the entire state government, and performance audits of other government programs. It also evaluates the management practices of state agencies.


  • Executive
  • Contacts & Administration
  • Audits & Investigations[2]

State budget

The budget for the Auditor's Office in the Fiscal Year 2013 was $2,721,700.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the auditor was paid an estimated $107,457. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the auditor received compensation in the amount of $139,474.[4] The auditor's compensation is determined by law.

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Contact info


401 Federal St.
Townsend Building, Suite 1
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-4241

See also

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