Writer: Roger Nielsen
More than two dozen officials from across Georgia achieved Local Finance Officer Certification in the second quarter of 2017 though the Institute of Government’s financial management training program.
Officials with city and county governments, local schools and a consulting engineering firm gained certification in the second quarter by successfully completing courses such as payroll administration, governmental accounting principles and internal controls.
Eighteen people achieved Level I certification and nine others earned Level II certificates for successfully completing additional training in the intricacies for public finance, accounting, budgeting, and more.
Level I certification requires finance officers to complete 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 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 this year.
The Institute of Government’s local financial management training program provides 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 3,700 have received training.
The Institute also works with state financial officers through the state financial management program.
Ivy Adams, Clayton Center Community Service Board
Nekisha Baker, City of Riverdale
Kennie Carter, City of Atlanta
Alicia Day, CH2M Hill, Inc.
Temeeka Denson, DeKalb County Government
Zaneta Floyd, City of Ashburn
Jennifer Fricks, Putnam County Board of Commissioners
Alisha Gamble, City of Flowery Branch
Natasha Howard, Pickens County Government
Sonya Isaac, City of Norcross
Maria Jimenez, City of Eatonton
Brenda Martin, Gwinnett County Solid Waste
Chanel Mason, Fulton County School System
Candace Phillips, Fayette County Board of Education
Lynn Rowland, City of Lyons
Yanden Stallings, Atlanta Public Schools
Timothy Turner, City of Barnesville
Adria Williams, Clay County Board of Commissioners
Danielle Ballard, City of Fayetteville
Heather Butler, City of Douglas
Melissa Davis, City of Atlanta
Miria Gamble, Gwinnett County Government
Tessica Harvey, State Accounting Office
Patrick Kirkpatrick, Walton County Board of Commissioners
Tammie Martin, Gwinnett County Department of Transportation
Eve Reynolds, City of Covington
Taryn Roberson, Randolph County Board of Commissioners