Committee News (Winter 2021)

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Passing the Torch

Wow! What a year! We started out thinking we’d be together at Chateau Elan only to have everything derailed by COVID-19. The fallout from that brought its own set of challenges, which we handled successfully, further exemplifying the fact that we are “Anchored in Excellence” as our 2019 conference was titled. As your former Conference Committee Chair, it was a bumpy ride (and that’s putting it lightly), but I’d have it no other way. It has been said that adversity is a great teacher, and I’ll be the first to admit I have learned a lot this year.

Looking ahead to the 2021 conference, I hope this is the year we can gather in person at Chateau Elan. The beautiful winery and resort offers so many fun and relaxing activities and should be an excellent location for us to meet and learn. However, if circumstances prohibit us from doing that, our recently acquired and/or sharpened Zoom skills should serve us well, should it become necessary to meet virtually. I think we’re all looking forward to a fresh start and the positive possibilities that 2021 will hopefully bring.

In closing, I encourage you to offer your time, knowledge, and service to one of the various committees that serve GGFOA. Whether you’re a born leader or working behind-the-scenes is more your style, you are needed. Please visit to learn about the different committees and find the one that interests you. As I pass the torch to Ashlan Troutman Webb, your Conference Committee Chairperson, and Jennifer Fricks, Conference Committee Co-Chair, I remain available in all capacities to serve, share knowledge, or help in any way I can to help GGFOA continue to move forward.

Linda Cook, 2020 Conference Committee Chair


Hello GGFOA Friends!

Our Wednesday’s News You Can Use sessions continue to be a great success! The sessions are a great way to earn CPE and stay up to date with the latest changes in governmental accounting, auditing, financial reporting, and best practices in government finance.

Save the Dates for Future Wednesday’s News You Can Use Webinars

  • January 6, 2021 – “Subscription-Based Information Technology Arrangements – GASBS No. 96” Presented by Chris Pike – Register today at:
  • March 24, 2021 – “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act – Are You in Compliance?” Presented by Jackie Neubert, Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts
  • April 21, 2021 – “SPLOST/TSPLOST Reporting and Compliance” – Presented by Rushton and Company
  • June 16, 2021 – “Getting a Firm Grip on Capital Asset Accounting and Reporting” – Presented by Amanda Wilkson, BatesCarter

Don’t Forget the GGFOA Library of Resources

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Members have free access to all previously recorded Wednesday’s News You Can Use Sessions at the following link:

If you have a topic that you would like to see added to the list for a future session, please contact John Hulsey,



Well Done!

One of our 2018 Level I Scholarship recipients, Rashonda Favors – City of Stockbridge, has earned her Certified Local Government Finance Officer Program – Level I certification. Great job, Rashonda!


A new certificate program was announced during the 35th GGFOA virtual Annual Conference: the Public Finance Leadership Academy (PFLA). The PFLA 6-month signature program is offered in partnership between GGFOA and the UGA-Carl Vinson Institute of Government. PFLA will equip new and emerging public sector financial management leaders with the knowledge they need to successfully manage the fiscal affairs and activities of a local government.

The application period has passed, and we are awaiting word of the 2 GGFOA Scholarship recipients. Results will be posted to the GGFOA website!

Congratulations to the following 2020 Scholarship Recipients:

Certificate in Public Financial Management (CPFM) Scholarship:

Deborah Upshaw, Accountant, City of McDonough

GGFOA Leadership Academy Scholarship:

Valerie R. Prince, Director of Administration/CFO, Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Level 1 Certified Finance Officer Scholarships:

Jeanne C. Bradley, Accounting Analyst, Unified Government of Athens-Clark County

Donna Todd, Accounting Technician, Putnam County Board of Commissioners

Steven Mayfield, Financial Analyst, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners

Level 2 Certified Finance Officer Scholarship:

Abby C. Branan, Director of Finance & Purchasing, Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners

Annual College Scholarship:

Theodore (Ted) William Moeller, MPA program at UGA

Jim Pehrson Conference Scholarships:

Janice Beckham, Camden County Board of Commissioners

Kimberly (Kim) A. Dockery, City of St. Marys

Teresa Duval, City of Social Circle

Lee Siefert, City of Centerville

Kimberly Spencer, Coastal Plain Regional Library System

Glenda Worsham, City of Climax

The deadline to apply for 2020 GGFOA Scholarships has passed. 2021 Applications will be posted on the GGFOA website March 15, 2021.

Questions? Contact Susan Van Nus, GGFOA Scholarships Committee Chairperson, at

Thank you for your interest in GGFOA scholarships!


The legislation is out of session, therefore, there is nothing to report at this time.


The communications committee is seeking committee members to assist with the quarterly newsletter. If you are interested in volunteering, please email the Communications Chair, Holly Murkerson at

The Spring 2021 Newsletter will be distributed early March.


The Technical Resources Committee has recently updated GGFOA’s website with 2020-2021 committee chairs and executive board members. Members are encouraged to visit these pages to meet GGFOA’s new leadership team.

The committee has placed 2020 Virtual Annual Conference videos online, and they are intended for paid conference attendees only. A link was emailed to conference attendees on November 2, 2020. While watching pre-recorded sessions does not offer CPEs or CEUs, they are a great resource for members who either missed an important conference session or would like to revisit a previously attended session.

A new tool has been launched on the administrative side of GGFOA’s website that will allow GGFOA administrators to enter check payments for membership dues into the system. This will allow us to process memberships of those who pay their membership dues by check in a more timely and cost effective manner.


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