The Office of State Auditor originated under the statutes of the Mississippi Territory
and the responsibilities of the office have varied greatly.
With the adoption of the Alabama Constitution of 1819, the Auditor became the Comptroller
of Public Accounts elected annually by a joint vote of both houses of the General
The Constitution of 1868 changed the title of the office to Auditor. It made the
Auditor a member of the executive department, and established a process by which
the Auditor was chosen by the electors of the state every four years.
The Auditor was responsible for the land records in Alabama until the State Land
Commission was created in 1899. Those duties were later transferred to the Commission
In 1939, the duties were again changed when the Legislature created a new department
to handle the examination and audit of records and accounts. In 1969, the office
became responsible for maintaining property records of all state-owned, non-consumable