The Auditor serves a four year term with compensation of $92,000. There is no term limit.
1. What are your qualifications for the office you seek? (75 words)
Cynthia I. Cloud (R): I have demonstrated leadership during the current term by having a vision for the State Auditor’s Office to improve fiscal management and advancing open accessible government. As a business owner and certified public accountant, my accounting career has allowed me to gain knowledge in many industries, including oil and gas, healthcare, and governmental agencies. I have used my professional experience to “Tighten Wyoming’s Belt” to save money and bring common sense into government.
2. On the website of the State Auditor, the two most prominent documents are the Comprehensive Financial Report (CAFR) and the Popular Report. What can the public learn from the Comprehensive Financial Report? (100 words)
Cynthia I. Cloud (R): The CAFR represents the State Auditor’s responsibility to give citizens an accurate picture of the financial condition of government. Citizens can learn about state government activities such as the economy, demographics, capital projects, revenue sources, and expenditures from this statement. I will continue on improving internal controls throughout state government to safeguard assets and bring greater accuracy and accountability. Citizens should know what state government is doing at all levels, which is why, I have worked hard to ensure our financials are available online. I will continue to increase this type of transparency regarding fiscal responsibility and accountability.
3. How does the above mentioned “Popular Report” to the citizens of Wyoming reflect the duties of your office? (100 words)
Cynthia I. Cloud (R): The “Popular Report” is a summary of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. During my term, I have introduced the “Citizen Centric” report designed to be more accessible to citizens and easily understood. This report has been consolidated to four pages and can be shared at community meetings or classrooms. It is designed to give a broad overview of state government and current financial information and statistics. Providing transparency and fiscal accountability is accomplished by providing these statements and important duties of the State Auditor. Leveraging technology to increase citizen’s access to financial information is a priority during the next term.
Question 4 posed by the Cheyenne League of Women Voters.
4. As a statewide elected official, you will sit on the State Loan and Investment Board and the Board of Land Commissioners. How will you weigh requests for loans and grants from local governments? What principles do you bring to decisions about school trust lands?
Cynthia I. Cloud (R): Adequate funding for our local governments is important to our citizens. As a member of the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB), I have worked with our Wyoming local governments to support their water and sewer projects, fire trucks, ambulances, or other qualified projects. The SLIB serves as a safety net for local governments to assist communities with projects that without this funding would not be possible. I weigh each request independently. Routinely, there are more applications than funding. Site visits are important to see the project firsthand, meet with local officials and citizens, and ask questions. I also analyze factors such as the construction readiness of the project, alternative funding opportunities, and local contribution or match to the project. The Board of Land Commissioners is responsible for 3.5 million surface acres. These trust assets are important to Wyoming’s future and greatly benefit our citizens. I have advocated for accountability for encroaching on state trust lands, for responsible stewardship in “leaving it better than you found it,” and for teaching the next generation of youth the blessing of having this land for future use.