Kathleen Baxter named State Comptroller, first woman to hold position

Kathleen Baxter comptroller

For the first time in Alabama history, a woman holds the role of the state’s chief accountant.

Governor Kay Ivey announced the news Wednesday that Dr. Kathleen Baxter was named State Comptroller by state Finance Director Clinton Carter.

Baxter, who previously served as deputy state comptroller, has been the acting state comptroller since January. She has worked in the Alabama Comptroller’s Office for 24 years and has a total of 27 years of state service.

“I am proud to see a well-qualified female selected for such an important position,” said Ivey. “I appreciate State Finance Director Clinton Carter for making the selection. Dr. Baxter has a long, successful career working for the people of Alabama and now her dedication is being recognized.”

The state comptroller serves as the chief accountant in state government and is responsible for maintaining fiscal accounts, ordering payments into and out of state funds, and preparing state financial reports.