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August 2, 2018 | Spotlight

36 officials complete Institute financial management certificate program

Local government officials from across the state recently earned their finance officer certification through the Institute of Government by successfully completing a series of courses designed to enhance their understanding of public finance topics.

Writer: Roger Nielsen

Three dozen local officials from across Georgia achieved Local Finance Officer Certification in the second quarter of 2018 for learning sound management techniques through a financial management training program offered by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

The local government finance officers attained certification by taking courses in payroll administration, governmental accounting principles, internal controls and more. Seven earned Level II certificates, and 29 attained Level I status.

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. All Level I courses are conveniently available online so finance professionals can complete them at their own pace. 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.

The Institute’s 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 1,600 local finance officers and others have graduated with certificates and more than 3,800 have received training.

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

Graduates April-June 2018

Level I

Janice Bae, Gwinnett County Government
Jamie Bambarger, Gwinnett County Police Department
Denise Bozeman, City of Sylvester
Delilah Bryant, City of Glennville
Travis Cherry, DeKalb County Government
Carlisa Cooper, Randolph County Board of Commissioners
Ronald Crozier, Clay County Board of Commissioners
Doris Davis, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
Tina Dones, Gwinnett County Police Department
Lori Dunbar, Gwinnett County Government
Bethanie Edwards, Newton County Board of Commissioners
Tonya Ford, City of Albany
Kim Hallstein, City of Tybee Island
Ruth Harry, Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner
Dene Hicks, Stephens County Tax Commissioner
Heidi Hook, Habersham County Government
Lisa Jackson, Putnam County Government
Sandy LeMay, City of Albany
Miranda McDowell, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office
Denise Mitchell, Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner
Angela Nelson, City of Atlanta Police Department
Linda Petty, City of Canton
Carol Roberts, Whitfield County Board of Commissioners
LaQuina Smith, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Jonathan Wagoner, City of Winder
Maria Waller, Chatham County Government
Rebecca Watkins, Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority
Brittany White, Newton County Board of Commissioners
Cinda Williams, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources

Level II

Steve Barnette, Paulding County School District
Melissa Bramlett, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Karine Brooms, City of Dunwoody
Doris Davis, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
Veronica Freeman, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office
Linda Rahn, City of Rincon
Connie Turcotte, Pickens County Government