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Kathy Stickel Named Director of State Audit

Thursday, October 01, 2020 | 09:00am
Kathy Stickel

Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson has named Kathy Stickel the new Director of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s division of State Audit.

Effective immediately, Stickel will oversee approximately 200 staff responsible for conducting the financial and performance audits of all state departments, agencies, and higher education institutions. The division of State Audit includes the State Agency Audits, Information Systems Audit, and Medicaid/TennCare Audit teams.

Stickel joined the Comptroller’s Office in 1995 and has held several leadership positions during her career. She most recently served as director of the Comptroller’s Office of Management Services.

Stickel is a graduate of Murray State University and the University of Kentucky where she received a Masters of Accountancy. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager. She currently serves as the Association of Government Accountants National Treasurer.

Stickel replaces Deborah Loveless as the director of State Audit. Loveless retired from the Comptroller’s Office on September 30, 2020 after 41 years of dedicated service to the Office.

“I want to thank Deborah for her numerous contributions to our state and office,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “I’m confident Kathy will continue building on the successes of the division of State Audit, which is viewed as one of the top state audit departments in the nation. Kathy is committed to our mission to make government work better.”

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