North Carolina State Auditor

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North Carolina State Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $15,411,606
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  North Carolina Constitution, Article III, Section 7
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Beth Wood.jpg
Name:  Beth Wood
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  2008
Compensation:  $123,198
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:   November 6, 2012
Other North Carolina Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commission
The North Carolina Auditor is an elected executive position in the North Carolina state government. The Office of the Auditor acts as a watchdog for the state government and provides citizens, legislators, and government officials with professional and independent evaluations of North Carolina's financial records and performance reports.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Beth Wood (D). She was first elected in 2008.


The state Constitution establishes the office of auditor in Article III, Section 7:

(1) Officers. A Secretary of State, an Auditor, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Public Instruction, an Attorney General, a Commissioner of Agriculture, a Commissioner of Labor, and a Commissioner of Insurance shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State in 1972 and every four years thereafter, at the same time and places as members of the General Assembly are elected. Their term of office shall be four years and shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and continue until their successors are elected and qualified. ...


Article VI, Section 6 of the North Carolina Constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

Every qualified voter in North Carolina who is 21 years of age, except as in this Constitution disqualified, shall be eligible for election by the people to office.
  • qualified North Carolina voter
  • 21 years of age


The auditor in North Carolina is popularly elected every four years, in presidential election years. The auditor, barring any vacancies, will be elected in 2012, 2016, and 2020. The term of office is four years, and begins on the first day of January next after their election.


See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Incumbent Beth Wood (D) successfully won re-election, defeating Debra Goldman (R) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

North Carolina State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Wood Incumbent 53.7% 2,299,541
     Republican Debra Goldman 46.3% 1,981,539
Total Votes 4,281,080
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.


Article III, Section 7 addresses vacancies in the office of auditor. In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a successor who will serve until a new officeholder is elected. The election coincides with the first election for members of the General Assembly that occurs more than 60 days after the seat becomes vacant.


The Office of the State Auditor provides independent, unbiased, and professional assessments of whether public resources are being properly accounted for. The primary type of audit the office performs is financial, but there are a number of duties that go along with auditing the state's use of taxpayer money:

  • assess the security and integrity of the state's information technology systems
  • provide monitoring and technical assistance for non-government recipients of state grants
  • evaluate state programs
  • provide guidance to the legislature on the operation of all aspects of state government, clerks of court, University systems, and community colleges[1]


  • Controller
  • Financial Audits
  • General Counsel
  • Human Resources
  • Investigations
  • Management Information Systems
  • Performance Audits
  • Public/Legislative Affairs
  • Quality Assurance

State budget

The budget for the Office of the State Auditor in Fiscal Year 2013 was $15,411,606.[2]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $123,198. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the Attorney General of North Carolina was paid an estimated $123,198 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

North Carolina Office of the State Auditor
North Carolina

Mailing address
20601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0601

Physical address
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Phone: 919-807-7500
Toll free: 800-730-8477
Fax: 919-807-7647

To request a printed audit report
Confidential inbox to report fraud, waste, or abuse of state resources
Press inquiries

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