Born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Gary attended Lawton Public Schools and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting degree from Cameron University.
Gary spends much of his time traveling across the state to speak to various association groups, government auditors, and public officials on ways to improve internal controls to both preserve and safeguard public assets. In 2013, Gary implemented the State Auditor’s Intercession Program in an effort to assist residents and local officials improve transparency, address areas of concern, resolve disputes, and avoid the costly expense of a Special Audit.
Despite a decrease in appropriated funds to conduct various audits of public entities, under Gary’s leadership the State Auditor’s Office has increased the quantity of audits it conducts without sacrificing the quality of the work product and he’s doubled the number of CPAs on staff. The State Auditor’s Office received a clean review in January 2014 with a rating of pass in its Peer Review conducted by the National State Auditor’s Association.
Gary and wife Mary Jane have been married for 37 years and live on their farm southwest of Cache where, together, they raised two children, and built their cow-calf operation for over 30 years. Mary Jane retired in May, 2011, after a 36-year career teaching kindergarten.
Their daughter, Kelly Gilland, is a math teacher at Cache High School. Son Chris is a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves. The Joneses have three wonderful grandchildren.