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Buchanan County Auditor


The office of the County Auditor was created in 1870 as part of a revamping of county government.  The duties of the office covered as that had previously been given to the County Judge in 1851, in the first Code of Iowa, and then to the Clerk of Court in 1861, with the formation of the Board of Supervisors.  The State Legislature added the duties of Commissioner of Elections in the early 1970's.

The Institute of Public Affairs has labeled the Auditor's Office as the "Hub of County Government."  The County Auditor is an elected position with a term of four years.  

The Auditor has many responsibilities and works closely with all the County Departments.

  • County Financial Officer
  • Commissioner of Elections
  • Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
  • Human Resources
  • Overseer of the County Plats - Real Estate Records
  • Custodian of the Courthouse, under direction of the Board

 Other tasks performed by the Auditor's office include:

 Cindy Gosse

    Cindy Gosse, Auditor &
 Commissioner of Elections
  • Filing and maintaining insurance policies and surety bonds.

  • Processing licenses and permits for fireworks, cigarettes, beer and liquor.

  • Filing Manure Management Plans and Livestock Confinement Construction Permits.

  • Acceptance Facility for the processing of passports.

  • Preparing reports required by the Bureau of Census, Bureau of Labor, OSHA, and Workforce Development of Iowa.

  • Fees for copies, faxes, plat books, etc.