Kerri Hunter, Dianne Ray

Kerri Hunter, left, is the sole finalist for Colorado State Auditor; if approved by the General Assembly, she will succeed current State Auditor Dianne Ray, who chose not to seek another five-year term.

After conducting a national search, the Legislative Audit Committee has officially selected deputy Colorado state auditor Kerri L. Hunter, CPA, as their final candidate for appointment as Colorado’s next State Auditor.

Hunter's nomination now goes to the Executive Committee for approval, and then on to a vote by the General Assembly.

Should she be confirmed, her term will begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2026.

State Auditor Dianne Ray announced earlier this year she would not seek another term. She has been the state auditor since 2011, previously serving as deputy state auditor. 

The State Auditor oversees the Office of the State Auditor and is a constitutionally-established position within Colorado’s Legislative Branch. 

“I’m grateful for this tremendous opportunity to lead the OSA and its staff as we continue to produce high-quality work that promotes accountability and positive change in government,” Hunter said in a statement Thursday.

“Kerri’s leadership in this new role will be a great asset for the OSA and Colorado state government,” Ray said. 

Hunter joined the OSA as a staff auditor in 1994 and, for the past 10 years, has served as the OSA’s Deputy State Auditor for Financial Audits.

The OSA statement said she is highly regarded as a subject matter expert in government auditing and participates in various professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National State Auditors Association, and State Employees Leading Colorado.

In 2016, Hunter was named by the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as one of three “Women to Watch” in the Emerging Leader category.

A Colorado native, Hunter grew up on Colorado’s Eastern Plains and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Denver on a Boettcher Foundation Scholarship. Hunter is a licensed certified public accountant in Colorado.

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