Dave Yost became Ohio’s 32nd Auditor of State on January 10, 2011 with the mission of “skinnier, smarter government.”
A former Columbus Citizen Journal reporter, Auditor Yost moved into public service in Delaware County where he served as County Auditor and Prosecutor and gained a reputation for his fierce commitment to fiscal integrity.
Upon taking office, Auditor Yost first partnered with the Ohio General Assembly to drive leaner government through the expansion of performance audits at both the state and local levels. His work with legislators broke down barriers in state law to make it easier for local governments to share services and voluntarily merge. Yost also conducted a first-of-its kind equipment utilization study in Lake County that will provide a template for all Ohio governments to share resources and cut costs.
Auditor Yost is also building a track record of cracking down on fraud. He worked with legislators to institute a penalty on public officials who use tax dollars for political purposes. Yost also joined forces with law enforcement to put a charter school treasurer who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars behind bars. Most recently, Auditor Yost released a statewide audit of student attendance practices, which uncovered "scrubbing" of records at nine school districts.
Yost earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and law degree from Capital University. Auditor Yost and his wife, Darlene, make their home in Delaware County. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.