The office of the County Auditor was created in 1870 as part of a revamping of county government. The duties of the office covered areas that had previously been given to the County Judge in 1851, in the first Code of Iowa, and then to the Clerk of Court in 1861, with the formation of the Board of Supervisors.
The State Legislature added the duties of Commissioner of Elections in the early 1970’s. The County Auditor is an elected position, with a term of 4 years. The Institute of Public Affairs has labeled the Auditor’s Office as the “Hub of County Government”.
The Clay County Auditor and staff are always available to help with your questions and invite you to visit their offices anytime. The county auditor serves in an office which is much diversified. One of the auditor’s many duties is to serve as secretary to the board of supervisors. As such, the auditor has control over the records of the board.
Auditor’s election responsibilities include registering voters, supervising precinct election officials, publishing election notices, and acting as custodian of poll books. Auditors are commissioner of elections for school board, city, county, state and federal elections.
Real estate transfers and numerous other records are handled through the county auditor’s office. Lastly, the county auditor does indeed audit bills or other claims against the county. Warrants in payment are then prepared.
The auditor also maintains accounting records on all appropriations for the county’s various departments.The following information has been prepared for the purpose of acquainting you with the duties and responsibilities of your County Auditor. No attempt has been made to cover all the functions of this office. We hope you use this as a reference and an educational guide for information about your County Auditor.