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County of Kern Auditor-Controller-County Clerk County Building

Auditor-Controller-County Clerk
Mary B. Bedard, CPA
1115 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639
Regular Office Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mon-Fri
(661) 868-3599

THE OFFICE of the Auditor-Controller-County Clerk is composed of the Auditor-Controller and County Clerk-Registrar of Voters. The Auditor-Controller is responsible for performing all general accounting functions for the County and special districts governed by the Board of Supervisors as well as other general and specific functions required by statutes, regulations, and ordinances.

The Auditor-Controller:
  • Pays and pre-audits claims
  • Computes tax rates, tax bills, and tax allocation factors
  • Maintains financial controls over collections and distribution of property taxes, treasury balances
  • Accounts for and reports financial transactions of the County, schools and special districts
  • Develops and implements accounting systems
  • Conducts financial and compliance audits of County departments
  • Controls and maintains payroll of county and special district personnel
  • Investigates allegations of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse. To make an allegation, click here.

By order of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, on 1/1/95 the County Clerk-Registrar of Voters was combined with the Auditor-Controller's office.

The County Clerk:
  • Issues marriage licenses
  • Issues fictitious business name statements
  • Registers notary publics
  • Posts California Environmental Quality Act documents
  • Maintains loyalty oaths and official appointments
  • Registers and licenses certain specialized legal occupations
Elections (The Registrar of Voters):
  • Conducts county-wide federal and state, city, school, and special district elections
  • Maintains master voter list, precinct records and maps
  • Maintains candidate/committee campaign contribution/expenditure statements and election documents


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