Iowa Auditor of State
|Iowa Auditor of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$9,221,234|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Selection Method:||Elected (Current officeholder appointed to fill vacancy)|
|Assumed office:||May 3, 2013|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Iowa Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Secretary of Agriculture • Director of Education • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Director • Labor Commissioner • Utilities Board|
The Iowa Auditor of State is a state executive position in the Iowa state government.
The Auditor of State is responsible for audits of counties, cities, school districts, and other governmental offices and is required to provide guidelines to CPA firms performing such audits.
The current officeholder is Mary Mosiman, a Republican appointed to the position by Gov. Terry Branstad on May 13, 2013. Mosiman was appointed to serve out the remainder of former officeholder David Vaudt's term in office, ending in January 2015. Vaudt resigned on May 3 in order to become chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board in Connecticut.
Article IV, Section 22:
|A secretary of state, an auditor of state and a treasurer of state shall be elected by the qualified electors at the same time that the governor is elected and for a four-year term commencing on the first day of January next after their election, and they shall perform such duties as may be provided by law.|
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The Auditor of State is elected every four years.
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The mission statement of the Auditor of State is as follows: "The mission of the Office of Auditor of State is to benefit all citizens of Iowa by providing audit, review, and other technical services to state and local governments to ensure the effective, economical businesslike conduct of public activities in a prudent, accountable manner to achieve the intended purposes."
In addition, the auditor is required to annually make a complete audit of the books, records, and accounts of every department of state government. The State's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Single Audit Report are audited by the Auditor of State.
The Office of the Auditor of State is divided into three divisions. The divisions are listed and explained below.
- Administration Division
- "This division is responsible for general management of the office, which includes fiscal management, data processing, recruiting, and audit report printing and mailing process. The division also is responsible for human resource management, personnel training and quality control."
- Financial Audit Division
- "This division is responsible for performance of annual audits of Iowa's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and its Single Audit report, all state departments and agencies, as well as audits of counties, cities, school districts, and other governmental subdivisions as requested."
- Performance Investigation Division
- "This division is responsible for conducting comprehensive performance audits of state agencies and the programs they administer. The division also investigates suspected embezzlements and conducts special studies assigned by the Auditor of State or requested by the legislature."
The Auditor of State's budget for 2012 was $9,221,234.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
There have been 32 Iowa Auditors of State since 1846. Of the 32 officeholders, 28 were Republican, 3 were Democrat and 1 was Whig.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1846-Present|
|1||Joseph T. Fales||1846-1849||Democratic|
|3||Andrew J. Stevens||1854-1855||Whig|
|5||Jonathan W. Battell||1859-1865||Republican|
|6||John A. Elliott||1865-1871||Republican|
|8||Buren R. Sherman||1875-1881||Republican|
|9||William V. Lucas||1881-1883||Republican|
|10||John L. Brown||1883-1885||Republican|
|11||Jonathon W. Cattell||1885-1886||Republican|
|12||John L. Brown||1886||Republican|
|14||John L. Brown||1886-1887||Republican|
|15||Hames A. Lyons||1887-1893||Republican|
|16||Corneilus G. McCarthy||1893-1899||Republican|
|17||Frank F. Merriam||1899-1903||Republican|
|18||Beryl F. Carroll||1903-1909||Republican|
|19||John L. Bleakly||1909-1915||Republican|
|20||Frank S. Shaw||1915-1921||Republican|
|21||Glenn C. Haynes||1921-1924||Republican|
|22||James E. Thomas||1924-1925||Republican|
|23||J. C. McClune||1925-1927||Republican|
|24||J. W. Long||1927-1932||Republican|
|25||C. Fred Porter||1932-1933||Republican|
|26||Charles W. Storms||1933-1939||Democratic|
|27||C. B. “Chet” Akers||1939-1965||Republican|
|28||Lorne R. Worthington||1965-1966||Republican|
|29||Lloyd R. Smith||1967-1978||Republican|
|30||Richard D. Johnson||1979-2002||Republican|
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