The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that Warren County, Virginia has received the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s FY 2014-2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents significant accomplishments by a government and its management.
The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to ensure that it met the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving nearly 17,500 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government finance professionals and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performances of those responsible for government finance policy and management.
Board Chair Linda Glavis congratulated the entire Finance Department for “their hard work and efforts to prepare the audit document. It’s through the diligence of these employees that Warren County has again been honored to receive this award.” She added that the document provides transparency for the County’s citizens to see that their tax money is being spent ....in accordance with established priorities and our Warren County Comprehensive Plan.
According to County Administrator Doug Stanley, “This is the second consecutive year that Warren County has been recognized by GFOA for its financial report. It is a tremendous honor and is the direct result of the efforts put forth by Acting Finance Director Andre Fletcher, Financial Consultant Carolyn Stimmel and Office Associate Connie Oden. Warren County is one of only 23 counties in the State to be recognized with both the Financial Report and Budget awards. I am pleased to see the Department’s continued efforts rewarded with this recognition from the GFOA.”
Acting Finance Director Andre Fletcher added, “It is an honor to be recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association with the CAFR Award for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. I want to thank Mr. Doug Stanley and the Board of Supervisors for their continued support to the Finance Department. I would also like to give a special thanks to Carolyn Stimmel, Financial Consultant. Without her continuous hard work and knowledge in finance, none of this would be possible. This award was first achieved in fiscal year 2013-2014 under the supervision of Mrs. Stimmel. It is an honor to work with such a great staff and under the outstanding leadership the County has provided.”
The award was presented by Charlottesville City Schools Coordinator of Payroll and Accounting, Renee Hoover, as a member of GFOA and Past President of the Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association. Citizens interested in reviewing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report can visit the Warren County website at www.warrencountyva.net. The document can be found under the Resources menu at the top of the screen under 2015 Financial Report. The County’s budget reports, also listed on the website, have received Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards from GFOA for the past years as well.
From left: County Administrator Doug Stanley, Board Chair Linda Glavis, Charlottesville City Schools Coordinator of Payroll and Accounting and Renee Hoover as a member of GFOA and Past President of the Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association, County Financial Consultant Carolyn Stimmel, and Warren County Acting Finance Director Andre Fletcher