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Michigan Auditor General
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Authority:  Article IV, Section 53 the Legislative Branch
Selection Method:  Appointed by a majority vote of the Michigan State Legislature
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Thomas McTavish
Assumed office:  1989
Compensation:  $157,202
Other Michigan Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of Public InstructionDirector of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources DirectorLabor DirectorPublic Service Commission

The Michigan Auditor General is a state executive position in the Michigan state government.

The mission statement of the Office of the Auditor General is "to improve the accountability of public funds and to improve the operations of State government for the benefit of the citizens of the State of Michigan."[1] The OAG conducts financial, single and performance audits.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Thomas McTavish. He has served in this position since 1989.


The state Constitution addresses the office of auditor general in Article IV, the Legislative Branch.

Under Article IV, Section 53:

The legislature by a majority vote of the members elected to and serving in each house, shall appoint an auditor general...


The auditor general is appointed by a majority vote of the Michigan State Legislature.


Duties of the auditor general include:[2]

  • Conducting audits and examinations of all branches, departments, offices, boards, commissions, agencies, authorities, and institutions of the state
  • Examining the books, accounts, documents, records, performance activities, and financial affairs of each branch, department, office, board, commission, agency, authority, and institution of the state
  • Issuing subpoenas, direct the service of the subpoena by any police officer, and compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses
  • Employing and compensating auditors, examiners, and assistants as he or she considers necessary


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Michigan Auditor General was paid an estimated $157,202 according to the Council of State Governments.

Contact information

Michigan Office of the Auditor General
Thomas H. McTavish, C.P.A.
Auditor General
201 N. Washington Square, 6th Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48913
Phone: (517) 334-8050
Fax: (517) 334-8079

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