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 History

The office of the Auditor of Public Accounts was established by the Kentucky Legislature on June 22, 1792 but did not become an elected office until the adoption of Kentucky's third constitution on June 11, 1850.

Through its early years, the auditor's office served as the official bookkeeper for the commonwealth, the chief agency for the collection of taxes, and the comptroller and general administrative officer.

The Reorganization Act of 1936 established the Auditor of Public Accounts as an impartial agency entirely independent of state administration and charged with the responsibility of auditing the accounts and financial transactions of all Commonwealth spending agencies. This remains the primary function of our office today.

In recent years, our role has expanded into areas such as conducting technology audits, special investigations, and performance reviews. As we move into the future, we expect our role to continue to expand and evolve.

Past and Current Auditors


Name

Date

       
46. Adam H. Edelen 2012 - 2016 [Biography]
45. Crit Luallen 2004 - 2008
2008 - 2012 
[Biography]
44. Edward B. Hatchett, Jr. 1996 - 2000
2000 - 2004 
[Biography]
43. A. B. Chandler, III 1992 - 1996 [Biography]
42. Bob Babbage 1988 - 1992 [Biography]
41. Mary Ann Tobin 1984 - 1988 [Biography]
40. James B. Graham 1980 - 1984 [Biography]
39. George Atkins 1976 - 1980 [Biography]
38. James Thompson 1969 - 1970 [Biography]
37. Clyde Conley 1968 - 1969 [Biography]
36. Henry H. Carter 1964 - 1968 [Biography]
35. Joseph W. Schneider 1960 - 1964 [Biography]
34. Mary Louise Foust

1956 - 1960
1970 - 1976

[Biography]
33. T. Herbert Tinsley 1952 - 1956 [Biography]
32. Harry Newman Jones 1948 - 1952 [Biography]
31. W. D. Bratcher 1947 - 1948
30. Charles I. Ross 1947
29. B. L. Sparks 1943 - 1947
28. David A. Logan 1940 - 1943 [Biography]
27. E. E. Shannon 1936 - 1940 [Biography]
26. J. Dan Talbott 1932 - 1936 [Biography]
25. Clell Coleman 1928 - 1932
24. William H. Shanks 1924 - 1928 [Biography]
23. John J. Craig 1920 - 1924 [Biography]
22. T. M. Jones 1919 - 1920 [Biography]
21. Robert L. Greene 1916 - 1919 [Biography]
20. H. M. Bosworth 1912 - 1916 [Biography]
19. Frank P. Jones 1908 - 1912
18. S. W. Hager 1904 - 1908 [Biography]
17. Gus G. Coulter 1900 - 1904 [Biography]
16. John S. Sweeny 1900
15. Sam H. Stone 1896 - 1900 [Biography]
14. L. C. Norman 1887 - 1896
13. Fayette Hewitt 1879 - 1887 [Biography]
12. D. Howard Smith 1867 - 1879 [Biography]
11. A. T. Samuels 1863 - 1867
10. Grant Green 1859 - 1863 [Biography]
9. James A. Barbour 1850 - 1851 [Biography]
8. John B. Temple 1848 - 1850 [Biography]
7. H. Q. Bradley 1846 - 1848
6. Thomas S. Page 1834 - 1846
1851 - 1859 
[Biography]
5. Ben Shelby 1820 - 1834 [Biography]
4. Peter Clay 1820
3. John Madison 1816 - 1820
2. George Madison 1796 - 1816 [Biography]
1.

William McDowell

1792 - 1796 [Biography]