Karl L. Keith was appointed Montgomery County Auditor in December 2000 and elected to five full four-year terms in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018.
Mr. Keith began his career as a state examiner in the county/township audits division for the Ohio Auditor of State. He subsequently served eight years in the Montgomery County Treasurer’s Office first as fiscal systems analyst and later as assistant treasurer for cash management. He was appointed chief deputy auditor in 1991, a position he held for over nine years prior to his appointment as auditor.
A Certified Cash Manager, Mr. Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ashland College and a master’s degree in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 2002, he earned the Ohio Financial Accountability Certification from the State of Ohio, and he completed the Community Land Reform Initiatives Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2009.
Mr. Keith is the past president of the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio and was the recipient of the Association’s Richard J. Makowski Award as the Outstanding County Auditor for 2012. He has previously served as the president of the Ashland University Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 2016, he received the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a two-time winner of the National Association of Counties Achievement Award.
Karl, his wife, Doris, and their dog, Winston, reside in the City of Dayton.