Accountability. Transparency. Integrity.

Wayne Johnson entered public service to hold public servants accountable and to build an open, transparent government. He began his work at Bernalillo County where he passed the state's strongest transparency law. In December 2017, Governor Martinez appointed him to the vacant State Auditor's position. It's a perfect fit for Auditor Johnson who has dedicated the office to revealing how tax dollars are being used and to making sure that all public bodies in New Mexico abide by their policies and the law.
Wayne Johnson State Auditor
Wayne Johnson State Auditor added 2 new photos.May 16, 2018 @ 23:39
Thanks Chaves County Republican Women for the opportunity to visit with you today about finding waste and fighting the fraud and abuse of your tax dollars. #WJAuditor2018 #NMPol
Wayne Johnson State Auditor
Wayne Johnson State Auditor added 3 new photos.May 14, 2018 @ 16:32
I've taken the oath of office several times, but have never had the honor of administering one. Today I swore in 48 of New Mexico's newest CPAs. Congratulations to each of you!
Wayne Johnson State Auditor
Wayne Johnson State AuditorMay 13, 2018 @ 13:18
Americans for Tax Reform President, Grover Norquist: "That's why I'm so excited about Auditor Wayne Johnson---he's finding the mistakes, finding the fraud and waste, and finding guys doing bad stuff with other people's money and stopping it." #ATR #WJAuditor2018 #NMPol
Wayne Johnson State Auditor
Wayne Johnson State AuditorMay 13, 2018 @ 12:52
Last week, I was honored to have Grover Norquist, President of the Americans for Tax Reform, in New Mexico. Here's audio from our visit with Harvey Twite in Ruidoso. #WJAuditor2018 #NMPol
Wayne Johnson State Auditor
Wayne Johnson State AuditorMay 13, 2018 @ 12:32
I’m looking forward to working with UNM President Garnett Stokes! She was the ideal selection to move forward our institution and my alma mater!

Blog Posts

When Does $8 million = $30 million?

How do you fill an $8 million budget deficit? If you’re Bernalillo County the answer is simple – impose $30 million in new taxes! On March 28th, the Bernalillo County Commission will take final action on its latest tax increase, an increase that will impose an additional 3/16ths of a cent tax on every purchase…

Questioning the Ballot Questions

Today, the Bernalillo County Commission will take up a question of grave importance. In a “special meeting,” the commission will make a decision regarding whether to include two city questions on the General Election ballot in November. One nearly doubles the amount of your tax dollars going to mayoral candidates who choose to go the…


A failure to plan is a plan to fail. From small family businesses to large corporations, leaders realize that you have to know where you’re going and have an idea how to get there. Rarely is that path is set in stone as shorter or better paths may present themselves. But you do have to…

Poor Decisions

There’s a television commercial that features four scared and pursued teenagers who choose to hide behind a curtain wall of chain saws instead of heading for the running getaway vehicle. While the teens take refuge behind the chainsaws and the creepy “killer” looks on, the announcer says “if you’re in a horror movie, you make…

New County Buildings and Specialty Taxes

Shocked. Stunned. Surprised. Alarmed. Those were my reactions to the news that Bernalillo County is even considering a plan to purchase a new building for the purpose of “efficiency” and “consolidation.” As you may have heard, the county is just coming out of what can only be characterized as a financial crisis. A crisis precipitated…


May 13, 2018 @ 7:44
Happy Mother's Day mom! I know it's been a particularly hard week with Dad's stroke. But through it all from the 911 call to the late night/early morning in the ER, you showed the strength, poise, optimism, and love that made me proud to be your son. #HappyMother'sDay WayneAJohnson photo
May 6, 2018 @ 14:21
Very sad to hear about Mayor Abraham of Los Ranchos. Our thoughts and prayer are with his family and friends.
Apr 17, 2018 @ 16:24
Kurstin and I are heartbroken for the Riordan family today and send our sympathies to Michael and their beautiful children. Jennifer was such an amazing part of our community and represented the best of New Mexico. Her smile and can-do attitude will be missed.

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