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{{Washington SEO infobox}}{{tnr}}The '''Washington State Auditor''' is an elected state executive position in the Washington state government.  
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|State = Washington
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|Office= State Auditor
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|Office type =  Partisan
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|Image = WA Aud logo.JPG
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|Office website = http://www.sao.wa.gov/EN/Pages/default.aspx
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|Budget = 11978000
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|Budget year = 2011-2013
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|Seats =
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|Term limits =
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|Length of term = 4 years
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|Authority =[[Article III, Washington State Constitution|Washington Constitution, Article 3, Section 2]]
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|Selected =  Elected
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|Current officeholder = Troy Kelley
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|Partisan =  Democratic
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|Officeholder image =  Troy Kelley.jpg
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|Assumed office =  January 16, 2013
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|Compensation = 116,950
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|Next election =November 8, 2016
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|Last election=[[Washington state executive official elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Other offices = [[Governor of Washington|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Washington|Lieutenant Governor]] •  [[Secretary of State of Washington|Secretary of State]] • [[Washington Attorney General|Attorney General]] •  [[Washington Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Washington Auditor|Auditor]] •  [[Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Education]]• •  [[Washington Director of Agriculture|Agriculture Commissioner]] •  [[Washington Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]]• [[Washington Commissioner of Public Lands|Natural Resources Commissioner]]• [[Washington Director of Labor and Industries|Labor Commissioner]]• [[Washington Chairman of Utilities and Transportation|Public Service Commissioner]]
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}}{{tnr}}The '''Washington State Auditor''' is an elected state executive position in the Washington state government.  
  
 
The auditor is an advocate for government accountability, auditing financial information at all levels of state government.
 
The auditor is an advocate for government accountability, auditing financial information at all levels of state government.
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==Authority==
 
==Authority==
[[Article II, Washington State Constitution|Article 3]] of the [[Washington Constitution|state constitution]] establishes the state's executive offices.
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[[Article III, Washington State Constitution|Article 3]] of the [[Washington Constitution|state constitution]] establishes the state's executive offices.
  
 
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==Duties==
 
==Duties==
 
As an advocate for government accountability, the state auditor audits  financial information in compliance with state, federal and local laws. The office audits  all local governments, including schools, and Allstate agencies, including institutions of higher education The office is also responsible for special investigations of fraud whistleblower cases.<ref> [http://www.sao.wa.gov/EN/About/Pages/default.aspx ''Washington State Auditor's Office,'' " About the state auditor's office,"  accessed December 28, 2012] </ref>
 
As an advocate for government accountability, the state auditor audits  financial information in compliance with state, federal and local laws. The office audits  all local governments, including schools, and Allstate agencies, including institutions of higher education The office is also responsible for special investigations of fraud whistleblower cases.<ref> [http://www.sao.wa.gov/EN/About/Pages/default.aspx ''Washington State Auditor's Office,'' " About the state auditor's office,"  accessed December 28, 2012] </ref>
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Auditor's Office in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $11,978,000.<ref> [http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/House/1087-S.SL.pdf#page=15&zoom=74,0,706 ''Washington Office of Financial Management,'' "2011-13 Operating Budget,"  accessed April 4, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==

Revision as of 09:46, 4 April 2013

Washington State Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2013 FY Budget:  $11,978,000
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Washington Constitution, Article 3, Section 2
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Troy Kelley.jpg
Name:  Troy Kelley
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 16, 2013
Compensation:  $116,950
Elections
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
Other Washington Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of Education• • Agriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commissioner
The Washington State Auditor is an elected state executive position in the Washington state government.

The auditor is an advocate for government accountability, auditing financial information at all levels of state government.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Troy Kelley (D). First elected in 2012, Kelley has served in this position since January 16, 2013.

Authority

Article 3 of the state constitution establishes the state's executive offices.

Article III, Section 2:

Executive Department. The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and a commissioner of public lands, who shall be severally chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and place of voting as for the members of the legislature.

Qualifications

Article 3, Section 25 of the state constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

Qualifications, Compensation, Offices Which May Be Abolished. No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office...
  • a citizen of the United States
  • a qualified elector in Washington

Elections

In Washington, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of public lands are elected every four years. Elections are held in November and winners assume office the following January, serving until their successors are elected and qualified.

Washington elects their state executives in presidential years (2012, 2016, and 2020).

2012

See also: Washington down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Troy Kelley (D) defeated James Watkins (R) for the open seat of Washington State Auditor in the general election on November 6, 2012.

  • 2012 General Election Results for Washington Auditor
Washington State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTroy Kelley 52.9% 1,512,620
     Republican James Watkins 47.1% 1,344,137
Total Votes 2,856,757
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Duties

As an advocate for government accountability, the state auditor audits financial information in compliance with state, federal and local laws. The office audits all local governments, including schools, and Allstate agencies, including institutions of higher education The office is also responsible for special investigations of fraud whistleblower cases.[1]

State budget

The budget for the Auditor's Office in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $11,978,000.[2]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Washington State Auditor was paid an estimated $116,950 according to the Council of State Governments.

Article III, Section 20 of the state constitution initially set the annual salary of the auditor at $2,000 but allowed for the state legislature to increase it.

Contact information

Washington State Auditor
Insurance Building
Capitol Campus
302 Sid Snyder Avenue SW
Olympia, Washington 98504-0021
Phone: (360) 902-0370
TDD Relay: (800) 833-6388

See also

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