Mississippi State Auditor

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Mississippi State Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Mississippi Constitution, Article V, Section 134
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Stacey Pickering
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2008
Compensation:  $85,000
Elections
Next election:  November 2015
Last election:  November 8, 2011
Other Mississippi Executive Offices
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The Mississippi State Auditor is a state executive position in the Mississippi state government. It has been an elected position since 1817. Prior to that there were territorial auditors.

The auditor's main role is to assess state and local governmental and other entities to ensure that public funds are properly used.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Stacey Pickering. He was first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.

Authority

The Auditor's powers and duties are established by Article V, Section 134 of the Mississippi Constitution.

Article V, Section 134:

A State Treasurer and an Auditor of Public Accounts shall be elected as herein provided, who shall hold their office for the term of four (4) years, and shall possess the same qualifications as required for the Secretary of State. They shall receive such compensation as may be provided by law.

Qualifications

Article 5, Section 133 of the Mississippi Constitution outline the qualifications for Secretary of State, which also apply for Auditor:

... He shall be at least twenty-five years of age, a citizen of the state five years next preceding the day of his election, and he shall continue in office during the term of four years...
  • at least 25 years old
  • a resident of Mississippi for at least the 5 years before the day of their election[1]

Elections

Mississippi elects auditors to four-year terms during gubernatorial election years. For Mississippi, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 are all auditor election years.

Duties

The state auditor is the head of the Department of Audit, which employs some 150 people. The mission statement of the office is as follows:[2]

The mission of the Office of the State Auditor is to serve its customers and protect the public's trust by independently assessing state and local governmental and other entities to ensure that public funds are properly received, are legally, effectively, and efficiently spent and are accounted for and reported accurately.

Divisions

The Department of Audit has 12 main divisions:[3]

  • Executive Division
Stacey E. Pickering, State Auditor
Phone: 601-576-2641
Email: auditor@osa.ms.gov
  • Administrative Services Division
Mary McNeill, Director
Phone: 601-576-2648
Email: mary.mcneill@osa.ms.gov
  • Information Technology Division
Jim Moore, Director
Phone: 601-576-2694
Email: Jim.Moore@osa.ms.gov
  • Financial and Compliance Audit Division
Bill Doss, Director
Phone: 601-576-2672
Email: Bill.Doss@osa.ms.gov
  • State Agency Audit Section
Rob Robertson, Director
Phone: 601-576-2673
Email: Rob.Robertson@osa.ms.gov
  • County Audit Section
Scott Speights, Director
Phone: 601-576-2674
Email: Scott.Speights@osa.ms.gov
  • Education Audit Section
Tommy Vickers, Director
Phone: 601-576-2666
Email: Tommy.Vickers@osa.ms.gov
  • EDP Audit Section
Mike Ferguson
Phone: 601-576-2677
Email: Mike.Ferguson@osa.ms.gov
  • Investigative Division
David Huggins, Director
Phone: 601-576-2724
Email: David.Huggins@osa.ms.gov
  • Performance Audit Division
Sam Atkinson, Director
Phone: 601-576-2655
Email: Sam.Atkinson@osa.ms.gov
  • Property Audit Division
Ross Campbell, Director
Phone: 601-576-2712
Email: Ross.Campbell@osa.ms.gov
  • Technical Assistance Division
Eddie Smith, Director
Phone: 601-576-2734
Email: Eddie.Smith@osa.ms.gov

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Mississippi Auditor was paid an estimated $85,500. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Former officeholders

Since 1817, Mississippi has had 41 state auditors.

Click "show" for former officeholders.

Contact information

Mississippi Office of the State Auditor
501 N. West Street
Suite 801, Woolfolk Building
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: (601) 576-2800
Fax: (601) 576-2687
Toll Free: (800) 321-1275

See also

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