Griffin will replace Hinton as state auditor

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Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Greg Griffin as the new state auditor to replace Russell Hinton, who is retiring at the end of June after 38 years with the state Department of Audits and Accounts.

Griffin, who was brought into state government by former governor Sonny Perdue, has been the state accounting officer since 2008.  He started his career with the accounting firm Deloitte Haskins and Sells and later worked nearly 25 years with AT&T, Bellsouth Corp. and Cingular Wireless.

Griffin’s appointment will require confirmation by the General Assembly during its next session.  Hinton was appointed state auditor in 1999 and confirmed in March 2000.

Deal named Alan Skelton, who’s been deputy director of the State Accounting Office since September 2010, to replace Griffin as acting state accounting officer effective July 1.

Before taking his current position, Skelton spent more than 15 years working for Ernst & Young and the State of Florida Auditor General’s Office.

© 2012 by The Georgia Report

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