About Troy Kelley
Since being sworn in as Washington’s tenth State Auditor, Troy Kelley has committed to build on the agency’s strengths and use the transition in leadership as an opportunity for innovation.
In his first month in office, Troy approved the training of almost 30 leaders in LEAN/Six Sigma tools to improve agency processes and deliver more value in the final audits and recommendations.
Started as a pilot project of the Performance Audit division, the concept of a Local Government Performance Center proved its worth when Kitsap County reduced the time to process a new home permit from 26 days to five days. Troy is focused on bringing similar results throughout the state by expanding the Local Government Performance Center.
During his three terms in the State’s House of Representatives, Troy chaired the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. As a legislator, he advocated for fiscally responsible public policy and government transparency. He fought to reduce the state’s cost of doing business and improve accountability.
Since 1984, Troy’s career has focused on the business of moving families into homes. Working his way up from the mailroom, he served as the president of the largest tax exchange company in the country. For more than a decade, he owned and operated a business that tracked recorded documents. The use of performance measures ensured profitability and productivity across multiple offices. Troy was selected by his peers as president of the industry trade group, the Escrow Association of Washington.
Early in his career, Troy served in the federal prosecutor’s office (Western District of New York) concentrating in the criminal section. Later, he worked as an attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., leading teams focused on regulatory audits of energy companies.
Troy Kelley holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo; he is a member of the Washington State Bar. A nineteen-year Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer, he currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard and previously taught at the Army JAG School.
He and his wife, Diane, live in Tacoma with their two sons, where Troy has enjoyed coaching the boys’ football and baseball teams.