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Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2012 FY Budget:  $1,965,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:  Tennessee Constitution, Article VII, Section 3
Selection Method:  Appointed by General Assembly
Current Officeholder

Justin Wilson.jpg
Name:  Justin Wilson
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 15, 2009
Compensation:  $187,452
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The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury is an executive position in the Tennessee state government, appointed by a joint vote of the general assembly. The comptroller is responsible for auditing state and local governmental entities and participating in the general financial and administrative management and oversight of the state government.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Justin Wilson.


The office of comptroller is established in the Article VII, Section 3 of the state constitution.

Article VII, Section 3:

There shall be a treasurer or treasurers and a comptroller of the treasury appointed for the state, by the joint vote of both Houses of the General Assembly who shall hold their offices for two years.


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Article VII, Section 3 of the state constitution stipulates that the comptroller shall be appointed by the joint vote of both houses of the general assembly and shall hold office for two years.


According to Article III, Section 14 of the state constitution, in the event of a vacancy in the office the Tennessee General Assembly shall elect a successor. If the vacancy occurs during a recess of the legislature, the governor shall have the power to fill the vacancy by appointment, which shall expire at the end of the next session of the legislature.


Title 8, Chapter, 4, Part 1 of the Tennessee code authorizes the comptroller, generally, to provide services to a county or other local government. The specific duties of the comptroller include:

  • auditing state and local government entities
  • participating in the general financial management and oversight of state government

The comptroller serves on the following authorities, boards, and committees:

  • Access Improvement Project Committee
  • Audit and Budget Committee, Tennessee Housing Development Agency
  • Board of Claims
  • Board of Standards
  • Bond Finance Committee, Tennessee Housing Development Agency
  • Contracts for State Service Review Committee
  • Council on Pension and Insurance
  • Emergency Communications Board
  • Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health
  • Health Services and Development Agency
  • Information Systems Council
  • Local Education Insurance Committee
  • Local Government Insurance Committee
  • Public Records Commission
  • Review Committee for the Tennessee Basic Education Program (BEP)
  • State Board of Equalization
  • State Building Commission
  • State Capitol Commission
  • State Funding Board
  • State Government Quality Improvement Task Force
  • State Insurance Committee
  • State and Local Government Advisory Committee to Monitor Internet Use
  • State Trust of Tennessee Board of Directors
  • TN Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
  • TN Baccalaureate Education System Trust
  • TN Child Care Facilities Corporation
  • TN Consolidated Retirement System Board of Trustees
  • TN Higher Education Commission
  • TN Housing Development Agency
  • TN Industrial Development Authority
  • TN Industrial Finance Corporation
  • TN Local Development Authority
  • TN Student Assistance Corporation
  • Tuition Guaranty Fund Board
  • Utility Management Review Board
  • Water and Wastewater Financing Board
  • Workers Compensation Insurance Fund Board Review Committee[1]
Click here to view larger-scale image of the Tennessee Comptroller's office Organizational Chart as of December 2011.


  • Administration
  • Management Services
  • State & Local Finance
  • Local Government
  • Property Assessments
  • Research and Education Accountability
  • Office of State Assessed Properties
  • Office of Open Records
  • State Board of Equalization
  • Department of Audit

State budget

The budget for the Comptroller of the Treasury (Division of Administration) in Fiscal Year 2011-2012 was $1,965,000.[2]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2013, the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury was paid an estimated $187,452. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[3]


In 2012, the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury was paid an estimated $182,880 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

There have been 34 Tennessee Comptrollers of the Treasury since 1836.[4]

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Contact information


Comptroller of the Treasury
First Floor, State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243-9034

Phone: (615) 741-2501
Fraud hotline: 1-800-232-5454
E-mail: Comptroller

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