Thursday, October 19, 2023

Statement on the Passing of Former State Controller Dr. Linda Combs

Raleigh, NC
Oct 19, 2023

The following is a statement from State Controller Nels Roseland on Dr. Linda Combs, who passed away on October 19, 2023.

“Our entire office is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Combs. Her outstanding leadership touched every employee and benefited every North Carolinian. She was a remarkable person and will be truly missed.”

Dr. Combs was unanimously confirmed by the General Assembly as North Carolina’s State Controller in June 2014. She was the sixth State Controller and the first woman to hold this independent office. This confirmation was to fill the office vacated by the previous controller. On April 27, 2016, Dr. Combs was again confirmed unanimously by the North Carolina General Assembly for a term that ended with her retirement in 2022.

From 2005-2007 she was Controller of the United States.  As Controller, she worked on the widest possible range of issues at the highest levels of government.  She routinely briefed the President of the United States on the status of financial management in the Federal departments, and frequently testified before numerous Congressional oversight committees.  She was responsible for establishing financial management policies and requirements for the Executive branch of the Federal government, totaling $2.7 trillion in revenue. She had five Presidential Appointments confirmed by the United States Senate and served under three Presidents: Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

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The State Controller is North Carolina’s chief fiscal officer.  The Office of the State Controller serves as an independent resource to ensure the financial integrity of the State by providing accounting, disbursing, payroll, internal control, data management, eCommerce, and financial reporting systems that serve state agencies, employees, and the public.  

Contact:  Michael Euliss – – 919-707-0753

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