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State Auditor Douglas R. Hoffer, J.D.


Doug Hoffer of Burlington was first elected State Auditor in 2012. He was born September 3, 1951 in New Rochelle, New York and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. He has also lived in the Berkshires, Central Florida, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. Doug was educated at Williams College (B.A.) and SUNY Buffalo School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude).

Doug came to Vermont in 1988 to work in Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Office. He left City Hall in 1993 and was a self-employed policy analyst for 19 years. A partial list of clients includes the Peace & Justice Center (The Job Gap Study), Vermont State Auditor, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (Farm to Plate), Vermont State Employees Association, Vermont State Treasurer (Economically Targeted Investments), City of Burlington, Burlington Electric Department (Performance Reports), Public Assets Institute, Yellow Wood Associates, Good Jobs First, Ben & Jerry’s, and City Market.

Over the years, Doug provided considerable pro bono policy guidance to legislators dealing with economic development and related tax policies, the livable wage, and the benefits of strategic import substitution.

In 1994, Doug was appointed by the Mayor and City Council to the Burlington Electric Commission, which oversees the municipal electric utility. He served for six years, including five years as Chair.


Deputy State Auditor Tim Ashe

Tim Ashe was appointed Deputy State Auditor in April 2021. He brings extensive public and private sector experience to the Auditor’s Office.

From 2017 through 2020, Tim was the elected President pro tempore of the Vermont State Senate. During his six terms, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee, and served on the Appropriations Committee, the Emergency Board, the Joint Fiscal Committee, the Judicial Nominating Board, the Joint Justice Oversight Committee, among other assignments. Prior to his Senate tenure, he served four years as an elected municipal official, and worked for three years in a Vermont Congressional office.

Tim was an affordable housing developer for nearly a decade at Cathedral Square, where he developed nearly 400 units of affordable housing for older Vermonters and Vermonters with special needs. In addition, he developed two solar installations and managed one of the largest weatherization projects in Vermont history.

Tim received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government.  He is a member of the Board of Directors member of the Humane Society of Chittenden County, and the Community Health Centers of Burlington.