SEC Bids Farewell To Jeffrey Minton, Chief Counsel In Accounting Office

Job Appointments | December 15, 2018 By:

Jeffrey Minton, Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA)’s Chief Counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission, will be retiring from the agency next month after more than 20 years of service.

The Office of the Chief Accountant is responsible for accounting and auditing matters arising in the Commission’s administration of the federal securities laws, such as oversight activities of standard setting organizations and the PCAOB.

Minton provided critical counsel and assistance on oversight activities, numerous rulemakings, and technical assistance to Congress on legislation. He also has directed OCA’s enforcement liaison program, providing insightful analytical guidance and assistance to the Division of Enforcement on many enforcement actions and Commission on accountant suspension and reinstatement orders. Minton also devoted significant efforts to enhancing the Office’s polices and process.

Earlier in his career, he worked in the Office of the Chairman under Chairman William H. Donaldson, as well as in the Division of Corporation Finance as an attorney in the division’s rule-writing office during implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

“Jeff has provided valuable leadership on a number of important rulemaking and policy initiatives and his dedication to promoting strong capital markets has served investors well,” said Chairman Jay Clayton.

“Jeff has been a dedicated public servant whose distinguished counsel, skill, intelligence, and wit has left an indelible mark on the SEC and OCA,” said SEC Chief Accountant Wes Bricker. “He demonstrated his steadfast commitment to protecting investors through his support for strong policies for financial reporting, audit, and independence. Jeff retires with a legacy of accomplishments, including the mentorship of a talented and dedicated group of professionals over the years, and we will miss him greatly.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have served America’s investors along with so many dedicated professionals at the SEC,” Minton said. “Especially rewarding has been my service in OCA promoting high quality financial reporting, which is at the heart of this country’s disclosure-based approach to securities regulation.”

Minton graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1996 and received his BA in economics from Ohio State University in 1992.