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June 2, 2016 | Spotlight

Local officials strengthen financial management skills through certificate program

Writer: Roger Nielsen

Twenty-seven government officials from across Georgia achieved Local Finance Officer Certification in the first quarter of 2016 for strengthening their management knowledge through the financial management training program offered by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Twenty finance officers attained Level I certification by taking courses in payroll administration, governmental accounting principles, internal controls, and more. Seven more finance officers earned Level II certification by successfully completing additional core courses and electives.

Level I certification requires finance officers to successfully complete 108 hours of instruction covering 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 now can take all seven Level I courses online, making this Georgia's only online program focusing on local government finance. The entire Level II curriculum is expected to be available online within a year.

The Institute's local financial management training program provides city and county officials with the information and tools they need to establish sound accounting practices and strong financial foundations in their governments. Since the program's inception in 1972, more than 1,500 local finance officers and others have graduated with certificates and almost 3,500 have received training.

The Institute also works with state financial officers through the state financial management program.

Finance Officer Certifications for January-March 2016

Level I

Dena Bosten, Dawson County Government
Lee Bradley, Georgia Department of Human Services
Lynn Brooks, Clayton County Water Authority
Dante Butts, City of Perry
Tabitha Crowley, Gordon State College
Michele DiSalle, Cobb and Douglas Public Health
Veronica Freeman, Richmond County Sheriff's Office
Gavin Hassemer, Athens-Clarke County Government
Barbara Jackson, Newton County Water Authority
Brian Klesat, City of St. Marys
Edward McAdoo, City of Roswell
Roland McCarthy, City of Sylvester
Robin McKnight, DeKalb County Government
Cindy Pugh, City of Sugar Hill
Shona Rollins, DeKalb County Government
Penny Sanders, Rockdale County Board of Commissioners
Audrey Segars, City of Hartwell
Shavonne Swiger, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Coty Thigpen, City of Alpharetta
Tina White, Pierce County Board of Commissioners

Level II

Chiquita Barkley, Butts County Government
Melinda Davis, Gwinnett County Fire & EMS
Marcie DeGiovine, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Karen Little, City of Carnesville
Tanisha Oliver, Atlanta Public Schools
Jennifer Rider, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Barbara Schlageter, City of Social Circle