Pat McCarthy was elected as Washington State's 11th State Auditor in 2016. She is the first woman in state history to be elected to the position.
With more than three decades of public service experience, Pat currently manages over 400 employees located throughout the state. She believes an open and transparent government and civic engagement are the pillars of democracy. Her office is responsible for independent audits for state and local governments in our state and provides those same governments with the tools to be fiscally efficient and allow more effective governance.
Pat began her career on the Tacoma School Board in 1987. She served two terms as President of the Tacoma School Board and led the effort to create the first School of the Arts in Washington. Due to her work, she was later selected as the administrator and advisor for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Beginning in 2002, Pat served as Pierce County Auditor for two terms, where she was responsible for supervising and managing licensing, elections and recording services. She was recognized as Auditor of the Year by Secretary of State Sam Reed in 2006.
In 2009, Pat served two terms as the Pierce County Executive. She led the state’s second largest county with an annual budget of more than $900 million and more than 3,000 employees.
She is honored to serve the residents of Washington State as their Auditor and is seeking re-election in 2020.