Colonel Gardner serves as the Department of Public Defense (DPD) Military Division State Comptroller. He is responsible for the management of State Funds used by the Military Division and the State and Federal Cooperative Agreements, which bring state/federal dollars to the Division. The Division’s fiscal transactions, which fall under his responsibility, total over 60 million dollars annually.
The Military Division's State Comptroller Office (SCO) is responsible for managing the following:
The Military Division SCO prepares the annual Department budget requests, gives guidance and direction on the Department's operating budget, and acts as Department liaison between the State Budget Office and the Iowa Legislature. Once the budget is enacted, the office provides guidance and direction on the budget for the Department's divisions. The office is also responsible for ensuring that the State's accounting books are complete at the end of each fiscal year.