Stacey Pickering
State Auditor

About

Elected as Mississippi’s 41st State Auditor in 2007, Stacey Pickering was re-elected to his third term to State Auditor in 2015, receiving over 65 percent of the vote in the November General Election. Since 2008, Pickering has recovered more than $25 million in embezzled, misappropriated and misspent taxpayer money on behalf of Mississippians.

In 2014, Auditor Pickering received the David M. Walker Award for excellence in accountability from GAO. Auditor Pickering was honored with the National State Auditor’s Association’s “National Excellence in Accountability Award” in 2012. In 2009, and again in 2013, the Department of Defense honored him with a Patriot Award in recognition of his extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Mississippi National Guard and Reserve.

Auditor Pickering currently serves on the Domestic Working Group for the Office of the Comptroller General of the United States. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the National Association of State Auditors and will serve as national Chairman in 2017. Stacey serves in the Mississippi Air National Guard with the 186th AOG, and is a dedicated troop leader for Boy Scouts of America.

Auditor Pickering and his wife, Whitney, live in Laurel, Miss., with their four children.

Duties

The State Auditor is responsible for auditing all state agencies, county governments, school districts, junior colleges and universities; conducting investigations into abuse of public funds and violations of law; providing best practices for all public offices of regional and local subdivisions of the state, systems of accounting, budgeting and reporting financial facts relating to said offices in conformity with legal requirements and with generally accepted accounting principles; conducting inventory audits of all state property; and validating average daily attendance (ADA) counts in the state’s public schools. The State Auditor is elected to a four-year term and may be re-elected. Miss. Const. 1890, Article 5, SS 113, 115, 134, and 136. Miss. Code Ann. SS 7-7-1, et seq. (1972).

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