The Office of the State Comptroller was created in 1786 by an act of the General Assembly. The Constitutional Amendment of 1836 provided that the Comptroller be elected by the people in a manner similar to that of other state officers. Since 1838, this method has been in effect.
Prior to the establishment of this office, orders on the Treasurer could be drawn by the Governor, or his assistants, or by justices of the peace for sums under 40 shillings. The Committee of the Pay-Table, which the Comptroller's Office replaced, was originally established to liquidate and adjust accounts of expenses incurred during the Revolutionary War.
The Comptroller prescribes the mode of keeping and rendering all public accounts. The Comptroller is required to adjust and settle all public accounts and demands excepting grants and orders of the General Assembly. The Comptroller also renders a monthly accounting of the State's financial condition.
The Comptroller is a member, ex officio, of the following committees: The State Board of Canvassers, the State Bond Commission, the State Banking Commission, the State Insurance Purchasing Board, the Finance Advisory Committee, and the State Employees' Retirement Commission. The Comptroller administers the records of the Retirement Commission. The Comptroller is a member of the National Association of State Auditors, Treasurers, and Comptrollers. The Comptroller is also, ex officio, one of the Auditors of the accounts of the Treasurer.
The Comptroller approves and records all obligations against the state. The Comptroller maintains all official accounting records and is responsible for the employee payrolls of all state agencies, departments, and institutions. The office administers all Retirement Systems other than teachers' retirement. Additionally, by direction of the General Assembly, the Comptroller administers numerous miscellaneous appropriations of the state.
Elected for a term of four years, the Comptroller receives an annual salary of $110,000.
|Comptroller||Town and Party**||Term of Service||Years of Service|
|James Wadsworth||Durham, O||1786-88||2 yrs.|
|Oliver Wolcott||Litchfield, O||1788-90||2 yrs.|
|Ralph Pomeroy||Coventry, O||1790-91||1 yr.|
|Andrew Kingsbury||Hartford, O||1791-93||2 yrs.|
|John Porter||Lebanon, O||1793-1806||13 yrs.|
|Elisha Colt||Hartford, O||1806-19||13 yrs.|
|James Thomas||Hartford, O||1819-30||11 yrs.|
|Elisha Phelps||Simsbury, O||1830-34||4 yrs.|
|Roger Huntington||Norwich, O||1834-35||1 yr.|
|Gideon Welles||Hartford, D||1835-36||1 yr.|
|William Field||Pomfret, O||1836-38||2 yrs.|
|Henry Kilbourn||Hartford, O||1838-42||4 yrs.|
|Gideon Welles||Hartford, D||1842-44||2 yrs.|
|Abijah Carrington||New Haven, O||1844-46||2 yrs.|
|Mason Cleveland||Hampton, O||1846-47||1 yr.|
|Abijah Catlin||Harwinton, O||1847-50||3 yrs.|
|Rufus G. Pinney||Stafford, D||1850-54||4 yrs.|
|John Dunham||Norwich, W||1854-55||1 yr.|
|Alexander Merrell||New London, A||1855-56||1 yr.|
|Edward Prentis||New London, A||1856-57||1 yr.|
|Joseph G. Lamb||Norwich, AR||1857-58||1 yr.|
|William H. Buell||Clinton, R||1858-61||3 yrs.|
|Leman W. Cutler||Watertown, R||1861-66||5 yrs.|
|Robbins Battell||Norfolk, U||1866-67||1 yr.|
|Jesse Olney||Stratford, D||1867-69||2 yrs.|
|James W. Manning||Putnam, R||1869-70||1 yr.|
|Seth S. Logan||Washington, D||1870-71||1 yr.|
|James W. Manning||Putnam, R||1871-73||2 yrs.|
|Alfred R. Goodrich||Vernon, D||1873-77||4 yrs.|
|Charles C. Hubbard||Middletown, D||1877-79||2 yrs.|
|Chauncey Howard||Coventry, R||1879-81||2 yrs.|
|Wheelock Batcheller||Winsted, R||1881-83||2 yrs.|
|Frank D. Sloat||New Haven, R||1883-85||2 yrs.|
|Luzerne I. Munson||Waterbury, R||1885-87||2 yrs.|
|Thomas Clark||No. Stonington, R||1887-89||2 yrs.|
|John B. Wright||Clinton, R||1889-91||2 yrs.|
|Nicholas Staub||New Milford, D||1891-95||4 yrs.|
|Benjamin P. Mead||New Canaan, R||1895-99||4 yrs.|
|Thompson S. Grant||Enfield, R||1899-1901||2 yrs.|
|Abiram Chamberlain||Meriden, R||1901-03||2 yrs.|
|William E. Seeley||Bridgeport, R||1903-05||2 yrs.|
|Asahel W. Mitchell||Woodbury, R||1905-07||2 yrs.|
|Thomas D. Bradstreet||Thomaston, R||1907-13||6 yrs.|
|Daniel P. Dunn||Windham, D||1913-15||2 yrs.|
|Morris C. Webster||Torrington, R||1915-21||6 yrs.|
|Harvey P. Bissell||Ridgefield, R||1921-23||2 yrs.|
|Frederick M. Salmon||Westport, R||1923-33||10 yrs.|
|Anson F. Keeler||Norwalk, R||1933-35||2 yrs.|
|Charles C. Swartz||Norwalk, D||1935-39||4 yrs.|
|Fred R. Zeller||Stonington, R||1939-41, 43-45, 47-49, 51-59||14 yrs.|
|John M. Dowe1||Killingly, D||1941-43, 45-46||3 yrs. 4 m.|
|Raymond S. Thatcher2||East Hampton, D||1946-47, 49-51, 59-66||10 yrs. 2 m. 4 d.|
|James J. Casey3||Winchester, D||1966-67||5 m. 16 d.|
|Louis I. Gladstone||Bridgeport, D||1967-71||4 yrs.|
|Nathan G. Agostinelli||Manchester, R||1971-75||4 yrs.|
|J. Edward Caldwell||Bridgeport, D||1975-91||16 yrs. 1d.|
|William E. Curry, Jr.||Farmington, D||1991-95||4 yrs.|
|Nancy S. Wyman||Tolland, D||1995-2011||16 yrs.|
|Kevin P. Lembo||Guilford, D||2011-|
**Town listed is town of residence at time of election.
1Died in office May 15, 1946 and Raymond S. Thatcher was appointed by the General Assembly to fill the vacancy.
2Resigned July 19, 1966 to become a member of the Public Utilities Commission.
3Appointed by the Governor July 19, 1966 to fill the unexpired term of Raymond S. Thatcher.