Elected Experience: I have not previously run for public office.
Other Professional Experience: Auditor/Forensic Accountant/Fraud Examiner, Wilson Accounting & Consulting, General Accounting Manager, Starbucks Coffee Co., Controller, North American Profiles, Ltd., Controller, Colonnade Technologies, Inc., Cash Manager, Todd Shipyards Corp., Sr. Internal Auditor, Western Union Intl., Auditor, Haralson & Co. CPAs.
Education: Graduate, Bellevue Christian High School, Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Puget Sound, Bachelor of Accounting Science, University of Puget Sound, MBA Financial Management, City University of Seattle, Certificate in Private Investigation, University of Washington.
Community Service: Washington Citizens Action, AARP Fraud, Numerous pro-bono church audits and examinations.
Statement: I am not a career politician. In fact this is the first time I have ever run for office. What I am is an auditing, accounting, and fraud examination professional who has over thirty years of experience behind him. In my practice I work as a forensic accountant, fraud examiner and financial investigator. I have worked closely with law enforcement, both local and Federal, industry, labor unions, government, and individuals. As a very experienced audit manager I strongly believe that my skills and experience are ideally suited to the needs and requirements of the Washington State Auditors’ Office. As has been said on many occasions, “There is no substitute for experience.” I have that experience.
Recent events have taken their toll on the State Auditors’ Office. One of my primary goals as State Auditor will be to restore the integrity and professionalism that had made it one of the most respected state auditing agencies in the United States. In so doing the State Auditors’ Office will again provide the citizens of Washington with the vigilant oversight that will ensure their tax dollars are not wasted but used in the most efficient and economically responsible manner possible.