Hinton will retire as state auditor

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State Auditor Russell W. Hinton will retire this summer after serving for nearly 13 years as the chief auditor whose agency kept a close eye on the financial operations of state government.

Hinton, 59, was honored on Thursday, the final day of the legislative session, by making appearances before both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Sen. George Hooks (D-Americus), the dean of the Georgia Senate, partly attributed the state’s AAA bond rating to the professional scrutiny of the Department of Audits and Accounts.

“It didn’t happen by accident,” Hooks said. “It takes good, impartial public servants like Russell Hinton. Georgia is a better place to live and raise your family because of dedicated public servants like Russell Hinton.”

“We holler at each other now and then, but it always gets done right,” Hinton said.

Hinton, a certified public accountant who graduated from the University of Georgia in 1974, has worked for the Department of Audits since shortly after receiving his accounting degree. He was appointed state auditor in 1999.

He has served as president of the National State Auditor’s Association and in 2010 was given an award as the outstanding CPA in state government by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

His successor as state auditor will be chosen and approved by the General Assembly.

© 2012 by The Georgia Report

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