Would you hire someone to audit your company's books who wasn't a CPA? Neither would we. Which is why it should be a constitutional requirement that Utah's state auditor be a certified public accountant.
Unfortunately, that's not the case now. And for the first time in 40 years, the auditor who is elected this November will not be a CPA. That's because neither the Republican nor the Democratic candidate for the office holds that professional credential. Nor does the Constitution Party candidate.
As you would expect, none of the candidates says that is a big deal. They all argue that if a candidate is a good manager, it won't matter that he is not a CPA. Nor does it matter, they say, that he would not be able to sign his office's audits, attesting that they meet professional standards. The winner of the office, according to the candidates, can hire the professional expertise the job requires.