The word this week is: Audit.
I do not know how many of you have gotten to experience the “joys” that this one small word can bestow upon its recipient, but in government accounting it is performed multiple times per year. Bradley County funds are subjected to internal, external and then oversight audits throughout the year to not only verify the correct use of monetary funds, but to also ensure that proper accounting principles are not only observed but also followed.
Under the direction of our finance director, Lynn Burns, Bradley County has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for not only meeting the strict standards, but for exceeding them on numerous levels. This latest achievement is yet another example of her stellar leadership and the accounting skills of her department that have placed Bradley County once again in the position of being excellent stewards of the funds entrusted to its care.
Since 1906, the Government Finance Officers Association has represented public finance officials throughout both the United States and Canada. The association’s nearly 17,500 members are federal, state/provincial and local finance officials deeply involved in planning, financing and implementing of thousands of governmental operations in each of their jurisdictions. The GFOA’s mission is to enhance and promote the professional management of governmental financial resources by identifying, developing and advancing fiscal strategies, policies and practices for the public benefit. The GFOA has accepted the challenge of public finance.
The GFOA Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition a government can receive in the areas of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The attainment of this award represents a significant achievement by a government and its management.
In order to achieve this award, the county must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Additionally, the county’s CAFR must undergo a stringent program of review to assess if the county has proficiently applied governmental accounting and financial reporting for the fiscal year under review. This report then must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.
This year marks the ninth year that Bradley County government and Lynn Burns have received the GFOA Certificate of Achievement Award.
With less than 100 days now until her well-deserved retirement from full-time employment with Bradley County, please join with me in making sure that Lynn is aware of our appreciation and thankfulness for excelling in all areas of her department’s job descriptions.
Her continued recognition by awards for stellar job skills and attention to detail are evident annually. But the day-to-day facts are that she achieves these results while remaining humble, approachable and still eager to help those who may ask her financial questions.
Lynn, please accept my and Bradley County’s thanks for yet another recognition of a job well done and another reason that supports my belief that Bradley County continues to be Tennessee at its best.