County of San Benito Clerk, Auditor & Recorder

Qualifications – County Auditor/Controller

Qualifications for the Office of

County Auditor/Controller

The requirements for the office of Auditor/Controller for the County of San Benito, specified in Government Code section 26945, are as follows:

No person shall be eligible for election or appointment to the office of San Benito County Auditor/Controller unless that person meets one of the following criteria:

(a) The person possesses a valid certificate issued by the California Board of Accountancy under Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 5000) of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code showing the person to be, and a permit authorizing the person to practice as, a certified public accountant or as a public accountant.

(b) The person possesses a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, college, or other four-year institution, with a major in accounting or its equivalent, as described in subdivision (a) of Section 5081.1 of the Business and Professions Code, and has served within the last five years in a senior fiscal management position in a county, city, or other public agency, a private firm, or a nonprofit organization, dealing with similar fiscal responsibilities, for a continuous period of not less than three years.

(c) The person possesses a certificate issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors showing the person to be a designated professional internal auditor, with a minimum of 16 college semester units, or their equivalent, in accounting, auditing, or finance.

(d) The person has served as county auditor, chief deputy county auditor, or chief assistant county auditor for a continuous period of not less than three years.

In addition, the following requirements must be met:

(A) The candidate shall be a U.S. citizen and a registered voter of the County of San Benito at the time nomination papers are issued. (Gov. Code Sec. 24001)

(B) All persons desiring to become a candidate for the position of the San Benito County Auditor-Controller shall provide to the County Clerk, at the time of filing for the position, a written statement declaring the manner under which he or she qualifies for the position. (SBC Ord. 3.01.120)


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