John Baier

Chief Deputy State Auditor, California State Auditor

John Baier is the Acting Chief Deputy State Auditor with the California State Auditor’s Office. During his 36 years with the office, John has led a variety of performance, high risk, and financial audits. His performance audits include reviews of California’s energy crisis, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge replacement, University of California admissions practices, and IT development. In addition, John managed the office’s assessment of the large influx of federal COVID-19 funding to California as a statewide high-risk issue and oversaw six high-risk audits on this funding. John is a CPA and graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance.