Biography for Auditor of State
Biography - State Auditor Tera K. Klutz, CPA
Tera K. Klutz was appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb in January 2017 to serve as the 57th Auditor of State. She is the first certified public accountant (CPA) to hold the statewide, separately elected office and has a membership with the Government Finance Officials Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Indiana CPA Society.
As Auditor, Klutz serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the State of Indiana. Her primary duties include accounting for all of the state’s funds, overseeing and disbursing county, city, town, and school tax distributions, and paying the state’s bills and employees. As Auditor, she is also the Administrator for the Indiana Deferred Compensation Plan. Klutz is focused on ensuring the fiscal integrity of the Auditor’s office and that state government is executed at the highest level, which all Hoosiers deserve.
Before her appointment to Auditor of State, she most recently served as the Allen County Auditor in Fort Wayne, Indiana. First elected in 2010 by earning nearly 70 percent of the general election vote, she was re-elected to a second term in 2014. Prior to serving as Allen County Auditor, Klutz served eight years as Allen County’s Chief Deputy Auditor. She also worked as a CPA for a national public accounting firm.
From 2013 through 2016, Klutz was very active with Association of Indiana Counties’ Legislative Committee. As Chair, she oversaw and directed the Association’s legislative priorities by assisting in the analysis and review of proposed legislation and regularly testified before committees of the Indiana General Assembly.
Klutz’s leadership and participation in the Indiana Association of Counties led to her being the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding County Auditor of the Year award. Also actively involved with Indiana’s other 91 elected county auditors, she was nominated and elected by her peers to serve as the 2017 President-elect of the Indiana Auditor’s Association.
Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Klutz graduated from Elmhurst High School as the valedictorian of her graduating class. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University – Fort Wayne and passed the Indiana Board of Accountancy CPA. She is actively involved in her community and is a member of Pass the Torch, an organization that provides professional mentoring for women in order to provide networking and leadership development.
Tera is married to Zach Klutz. They have two daughters, Alyx and Julian, of whom they are extremely proud.