County Department of Finance Receives ‘Excellence’ Award

Lapeer County Commissioner Dyle Henning called for a round of applause for Chief Financial Officer Jackie Arnold and the County Finance Department after reading a letter from the Government Finance Officers Association stating that the department has again received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. Photo by Krystal Moralee

LAP –For at least 25 consecutive years, the Lapeer County Finance Department has achieved outstanding standards in its accounting and reporting, and the department was again honored for its work at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Commissioner Dyle Henning read aloud the letter from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) congratulating the Department of Finance for the comprehensive annual financial report for the financial year 2020 qualifying for the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, which is the highest form of recognition in government accounting and financial reporting.

“It’s something we’ve been blessed with for a number of administrations,” Henning said. “It’s worth noting because not every county is able to go through this and get this recognition.”

Henning then thanked Arnold and his team for their hard work, noting that managing US bailout funding has added an additional burden.

Arnold thanked the board, all department heads and his staff for their continued support.

“The staff are fantastic. We are quite a skinny staff, but we do everything,” she said. “Everyone thinks accounting isn’t that complicated. We accomplish a lot with just a minimum of staff.

In other matters on Thursday, council approved the Friend of the Court Access and Visitation Grant contract to support non-custodial parent visits with their children and heard from the public on a variety of topics.

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