Oakhurst Certified Public Accountant Todd Miller has announced his candidacy for the office of Madera County auditor-controller.
A graduate of California State University, Northridge with a BS in business administration-accounting option, Miller is a partner in the accounting firm Miller & White. He is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and has taken advanced taxation courses at San Joaquin College of Law.
"I have been in private practice for more than 37 years, the last 21 years in Oakhurst," Miller said. "I have taught accounting at the local college and will again be teaching next year."
Miller has been a member of the Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Club for 18 years and is a past president of the club. He was a founder and past treasurer of the Oakhurst Boys and Girls Club, served on the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors as treasurer and will be the organization's president in 2014. He has also served on boards of the Coarsegold Rodeo Association, Mountain Aviation Association and an area car club.
"With 37 years of managing my own staff and advising management of other business uniquely qualifies me to be Madera County auditor-controller," Miller said. "I am a no nonsense, no excuses businessman ... not your usual bureaucrat."
In a prepared statement released Oct. 24, Miller pointed to what he feels are failures by the department that have cost Madera County millions of dollars.
"County officials estimate that $3 million in road improvement funds are being delayed from last year with another $3 million to be delayed this year," Miller said. "Published reports indicate that Madera County has also lost $5.4 million in grants. That's $11.4 million dollars lost to sheer incompetence."
According to Miller, the auditor's office is working on the 2011 audit when it should be working on the 2012 report.
"These late reports have cost Madera County millions of dollars in state funds," Miller said. "That means cops and fire fighters are out there collecting unemployment when they would rather be patrolling our streets and keeping our families safe. With our financial house in such disarray, it's time for us to say enough is enough."
The current auditor-controller is Marcia Hall, who has been in the position after being appointed by the board of supervisors, effective Jan. 17, 2012, replacing Janet Kroeger.
The annual salary for the position is $129,355.