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Difference between Comptroller and Controller

Comptroller is a variant spelling for controller. Both words refer to the chief accountant in an organization.

Comptroller is usually used in governmentrelated positions, and controller is more common in private industry.

  • The comptroller, or city auditor, ranks third among city officials, only after mayor and public advocator.
  • Soon after he left for London, and had a successful career, becoming financial controller of BBC Radio.