South Carolina State Government

Comptroller General

 Website:
www.cg.sc.gov


Richard A. Eckstrom, CPA

As the state's top accountant and chief fiscal watchdog, the Comptroller General supervises state spending, keeps the state's books, and maintains accounting controls over state agencies.

This Office was created by the new State Constitution in 1868 to administer the spending of state funds. All payrolls for state employees, vouchers for bills owed by the state and interdepartmental payments between state agencies are submitted to the Comptroller General for processing. His office examines all payments to ensure they are properly authorized by agency officials, that funds are available to cover them, and that they are properly classified in the state's accounting system. Upon approval, the Comptroller General issues a warrant for each payment to authorize the State Treasurer to release the funds.

The Office also offers fiscal and accounting advice to state agencies and local governments, and it reports each year on the financial operations and conditions of state government. The Comptroller General sits on the five-member State Fiscal Accountability Authority, the oversight agency that plays a central role in the fiscal management of state government.

Each year, the Comptroller General's Office issues their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Click Here to view some of the most recent CAFRs.

Past Comptroller Generals

Name

Year(s)

Notes/Comments

Richard A. Eckstrom, CPA

2003 - present
Elected on November 5, 2002, took office in January of 2003.

James A. Lander

1999 - 2011
Elected on November 3, 1998, took office in January of 1999.

Earle E. Morris, Jr.

1976 - 1999
Elected on June 16, 1976, to replace John H. Mills, who had resigned. Re-elected.

John H. Mills

1967 - 1976
Elected on November 8, 1966, took office in January of 1967. Resigned in 1976.

Eldridge C. Rhodes

1943 - 1967
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A.J. Beattie

1925 - 1943
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Walter E. Duncan

1921 - 1925
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Wilbert Sutherland

1920 - 1921
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R. Lyles Osborne

1918 - 1920
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Carlton W. Sawyer

1915 - 1918
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Adolphus W. Jones

1903 - 1915
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John P. Derham

1899 - 1903
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Layfayette P. Epton

1897 - 1899
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James W. Horton

1894 - 1897
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William H. Ellerbe

1890 - 1894
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John S. Verner

1886 - 1890
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William E. Stoney

1882 - 1886
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John Bratton

1880 - 1882
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John C. Coit

1880
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Johnson Hagood

1876 - 1880
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Thomas C. Dunn

1874 - 1876
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Solomon L. Hoge

1872 - 1874
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John L. Neagle

1868 - 1872
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Simon L. Leaphart

1866 - 1868
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James A. Black

1862 - 1866
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Thomas J. Pickens

1858 - 1862
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John D. Ashemore

1854 - 1858
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James B. McCully

1850 - 1854
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William C. Balck

1846 - 1850
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William Laval

1842 - 1846
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William Edward Hayne

1838 - 1842
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William Laval

1834 - 1838
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Thomas Harrison

1830 - 1834
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Alexander Speer

1826 - 1830
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Benjamin T. Elmore

1822 - 1826
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Thomas Lee

1821 - 1822
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John Stevens Cogdell

1819 - 1821
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Robert Creswell

1817 - 1819
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George Warren Cross

1817
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Thomas Lee

1804 - 1817
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Paul Hamilton

1800 - 1804
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