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Kathleen (Kathy) McGuiness was elected Auditor of Accounts in November 2018. When sworn into office, she became the first female Auditor of Accounts in Delaware history.
Born in Kent County and raised in Sussex County, where she lives today with her husband and three children, Kathleen graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and in Pharmacy. For 16 years, Kathleen owned and operated 2 businesses in Rehoboth Beach, where she became an advocate for the revitalization of downtown, spurring its growth from a summer community to a year-round destination for tourists and full-time home for thousands. Until her swearing in as Auditor of Accounts, Kathleen served almost two decades as an elected Rehoboth Beach Commissioner. During that time, her knowledge of budgets learned as a business woman and through her involvement in numerous non- profits grew as she scrutinized the millions of dollars Rehoboth Beach was spending on each major project. Finding unnecessary and wasteful spending spurred her interest in and eventual run for Delaware Auditor of Accounts.
As Auditor of Accounts, Kathleen, a Certified Fraud Examiner, is responsible under Title 29 of Delaware Code for the auditing and reporting funds raised and spent by the State of Delaware annually. The office of Auditor of Accounts audits all state agencies, school districts and non-profits that receive state funds.