The Auditor is elected to a four-year term and officially assumes the office the first Monday in March.
The Auditor is the financial officer, the elections officer and the secretary to the county commission. As financial officer of the county, the Auditor oversees all fiscal action, ensuring that funds are used properly. Before the county commission approves payment of bills, the Auditor checks all the requests for payment.
The Auditor's Office handles all aspects of county payroll, related reports and benefits records. They are required to prepare year-end financial statements.
As executive secretary for the county commission the Auditor schedules meetings, prepares agendas and takes minutes at commission meetings.
The budget for the county begins and ends in the Auditor's Office. The Auditor prepares the budget for the following year by compiling revenue, expense, and levy estimates. A preliminary budget is ready for examination by the commissioners and the commission by the 1st of October approves the final budget. The Auditor generates the tax statements and lists for the county. Mill levies are calculated by the Auditor for all taxing districts and upon collection of these taxes, disburses tax money collected for these political subdivisions monthly.
The county Auditor is the election supervisor for the primary, general and special county, state and federal elections. The Auditor trains election workers, prepares and issues election supplies to precinct workers. Other duties of the Auditor is to maintain an inventory of fixed assets, reviews and updates insurance coverage for county property, verifies cash balances, issues beer and liquor licenses and assumes the duties of a personnel officer, handling personnel files, information on group insurance, flexible compensation programs and personnel policies.