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December 1, 2019 | News

City official earns finance certification

Writer: Heather Darenberg

Published December 1, 2019
Gwinnett Daily Post

City of Lawrenceville employee Derrick Turner recently earned the Local Finance Officer Certification through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s financial management training program.

Turner was recognized with Level I certification for pursuing professional development in governmental finance, accounting, budgeting and more, according to a news release.

Level I certification requires finance officers to participate in 108 hours of instruction about the intricacies of government budgeting, purchasing, accounting, and other public finance topics. Level II Certified Financial Officers receive an additional 84 hours of instruction in intermediate governmental accounting and budgeting principles, internal controls, and revenue administration as well as public finance electives.

“Finance officers who earn certification gain the skills they need to maintain sound accounting practices and build strong financial foundations for their governments,” said Tracy Arner, the Institute’s financial management training program manager.

Seventeen local officials from around the state earned their Level I or Level II Local Finance Officer Certification in the third quarter through the Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, the news release states.