Auditor (West Virginia)
Glen Gainer III (i)
|Name:||Glen Gainer III (i)|
|Home City:||Parkersburg, W.Va.|
|Home County:||Wood County|
Since 1993, Gainer has been committed to increasing government efficiency for residents from the eastern panhandle to the southern coalfields. He graduated from University of Charleston with a bachelor of arts degree. He is the state’s official bookkeeper, Chief Inspector/Securities/Delinquent Land Commissioner. His leadership has made WV a national leader in government transparency. Gainer is chairman of board of directors of the National White Collar Crime Center; past president of National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council, National Association of State Auditors Comptrollers and Treasurers, National Association of Comptrollers; member of National Executive Committee of AGA; and president of WV Jump$tart Coalition.
- What would you do to provide the public with better access to information about the financial operations of the state?
- Last year I established a new state transparency website, transparencywv.org, for easy on-line access to state budgeting, revenues and expenditures. This site was awarded one of the highest rankings, “A-”, for transparency in state government from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. We strive to continue to expand the information online.
- 100 WORDS OR LESS: What is your assessment of the state’s current financial situation?
- The State’s financial condition is strong. That being said, we still have challenges. The largest challenge is to protect the State’s coal mining industry and its long term viability. In addition, the development of the State’s vast natural gas reserves in both the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations ensure a bright future for West Virginia as a leader in meeting the energy needs of America. The State has undertaken numerous efforts to bring about efficiency and greater accountability in the State’s finances which have lead to a continued increase in the State’s bond rating which now stands at AA+.