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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Constitution provides: The state auditor is an officer in the executive department. To qualify as state auditor a person must be a qualified voter, 21 years old, and elected by the people (Article V).
Term: Four years       
Statutory Salary: $102,257

Rebecca Otto

Marine on St. Croix.  Macalester, B.A., biology (1985); University of Minnesota, M.Ed. (1994). Small business owner, Forest Lake school board member, state representative.

525 Park St., Suite 500, St. Paul 55103; (651)296-2551
Web site:

Elected: 2006  
Term expires:
January 2011


The office of the state auditor is charged with overseeing more than 20 billion dollars that is spent annually by local governments in Minnesota.  The state auditor’s office does this by performing audits of local government financial statements and reviewing documents, data, reports, and complaints submitted to or gathered by the office.  The financial information collected from local governments is analyzed and is the basis of statutorily required reports issued by the office.

The state auditor serves on the State Executive Council, State Board of Investment, Land Exchange Board, Public Employees Retirement Association Board, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Board, and the Rural Finance Authority Board.

Audit Practice Division performs financial and legal compliance audits of local governments. In addition, it audits for evidence of inappropriate expenditures and determines whether local government activities are being administered in accordance with certain Minnesota laws.
Deputy State Auditor–Audit Practice: Greg Hierlinger, (651) 296-7003

Government Information Division collects data and works to disseminate local government financial information effectively to assist with public discussions and policy decisions. This division continually works to improve the usefulness of the information and enhance the data with meaningful analysis while improving the overall access to that data.
Deputy State Auditor–Government Information: Greg Hierlinger, (651) 296-7003

Legal/Special Investigations Division promotes integrity and accountability in local government by providing legal compliance expertise to the office’s several divisions and by providing legal compliance information and training to local government officials.  The division also investigates allegations of theft or misuse of public funds on behalf of local government officials, law enforcement agencies, and the citizens of Minnesota.
Deputy State Auditor–General Counsel: Celeste Pulju Grant, (651) 297-3673

Pension Division monitors investment, financial, and actuarial reporting for approximately 730 public pension plans. Its objective is to ensure compliance with state statutes governing the administration of plans covering approximately 20,000 members.
Director of Pension Division: Rose Hennessy Allen, (651) 296-5985

Tax Increment Financing Division promotes legal compliance and accountability through examination and audit of political subdivisions’ use of tax increment financing (TIF). The division reviews annual reports containing financial information from approximately 2,200 TIF districts. Assistant State Auditor–Tax Increment Financing Division: Arlin Waelti, (651) 296-7979

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM