Upcoming GFOAz Events
May 9, 2008
Training: "Internal Controls - Sound Practices for Healthy Governance"
Phoenix, AZ

August 6-8, 2008
2008 GFOAz Summer Conference
Oro Valley, AZ

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Job Postings
City of Casa Grande
Finance Director

City of Tucson
Finance Director

City of Flagstaff
Accountant I and II

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GFOAz News is published by the Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona. Forward your comments or suggestions to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Attn: Liisa Laikko, 1820 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007, Phone: 602-258-5786, Fax: 602-253-3874, email: llaikko@azleague.org
44th Annual Conference was "Excellent!"
Over 150 people were in attendance for the 44th Annual Conference held at the beautiful Prescott Resort in Prescott, Arizona. The conference was well attended this year; numerous members indicated that this one of the best conferences they've attended. Read more
PHSG Golf Tournament
The Golf Tournament at the 44th GFOAz Annual Conference was sponsored by Peacock, Hislop, Staley & Given was held on a chilly Wednesday afternoon. Lee Davis, 1st Vice President, PHSG, presented gift cards to the tournament winners at the Lunch on Thursday.
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Upcoming GFOAz Quarterly Training- May 9th, 2008
"Internal Controls - Sound Practices for Healthy Governance."
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
ASU Downtown Campus - $75

Internal controls are like your internal organs - you expect them to work and you may not give much thought to them until they fail. Come talk to the experts and find out why the health of your organization may depend on giving yourself an internal control checkup. Learn practical tips and tools of the trade that will help keep you in good shape and on the right track. Hear lessons learned and find out how to apply them to your program. Stay tuned for more information!

Motivational Quote
"It is not good enough for things to be planned - they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation." --Walt Kelly
Save the Date
May 9
"Internal Controls - Sound Practices for Healthy Governance"
Quarterly Training
ASU Downtown Campus

June 15-18
GFOA Annual Conference
Fort Lauderdale, FL

July 28 - August 2
GFOA Advanced Government Finance Institute
Madison, WI

August 6-8
GFOAz Summer Conference
Oro Valley, AZ

August 19-22
League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference
Camelback Inn
Paradise Valley, AZ
New GFOA Training Calendar
GFOA has posted their training calendar for the rest of 2008. GFOA will be offering a number of trainings in Phoenix the week of November 17, 2008! For the complete calendar, select this link.
GFOA Advance Government Finance Institute Application Deadline Approaching
Each year since 1986, GFOA has conducted the Advanced Government Finance Institute, an intensive week-long program that provides GFOA members from across the United States and Canada an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and focus on emerging trends within the public finance community.

Applications are due April 18, 2008. For more information, select this link.

Public Attitudes Toward Government Accountability and Transparency 2008
Article and survey link provided courtesy of the Association of Government Accountants.

In January 2008, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) commissioned a study by leading market research firm Harris Interactive®, to conduct the first in a series of annual surveys of public attitudes to government transparency and accountability. The objective of this first survey was to establish a baseline understanding of public attitudes, concerning transparency and accountability progress - or the lack of it - which could be tracked annually. A secondary objective was to use the survey findings to raise the profile of this important issue and help to drive understanding of it among policymakers, government employees and the public.

The survey was commissioned as part of AGA's flagship Advancing Government Accountability campaign, which will educate government and the public on the benefits of increased government accountability and transparency and provide practical programs relating to the education of government financial managers and the reporting of government financial information. The survey findings are a significant contribution toward increased public understanding of the issue, which AGA sees as a vital jumping-off point for reform. Read more

2008 The Fiscal Survey of States Released
National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers have released their 2008 Fiscal Survey of the states. Select this link to read the report.
GFOAz Members on the Move
Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This new section of the newsletter recognizes members who have recently been promoted or have recently transitioned. If you would like your name to be featured in this section of the newsletter, please contact Liisa Laikko at 602-258-5786 or email: llaikko@azleague.org.
GFOAz Welcomes New Members
Active Members
Gus Lundberg, Finance Director, Town of Taylor
Kent Meredith, Financial Services Manager, City of Peoria
James (Jim) Clemens, Finance Manager, Town of Prescott Valley
Trinna Ware, Finance Administrator, City of Kingman
Richard D. Chess, Accounting & Tax Audit Director, City of Scottsdale

Select this link to view more new members

Member Profile: Janet Barker
Chief Deputy Treasurer
Mohave County

Where are you originally from?
I was born at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. My dad was in the Air Force and we traveled quite a bit until he retired in Wichita. I moved to Kingman from Wichita in 2006 to take the job of Chief Deputy Treasurer for Mohave County.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I was the Cash and Investments Manager for Sedgwick County in Wichita. I like doing government investing and was ready for a change of scenery. Read more

Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona Executive Board
Linda York
Finance Director
Town of Chino Valley

James Menlove
Finance Director
Navajo County

Stacey Lemos
Immediate Past President
Finance Director
Town of Oro Valley

Jeanine Jones
Senior Accountant
City of Peoria

Janet Barker
Member At-Large
Chief Deputy Treasurer
Navajo County

Steven J. Baumgardt
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Tolleson

Roger Kolman
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Maricopa

Vicki Rios
Education Committee Chair
Acting Revenue Manager
City of Peoria

Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona
1820 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 258-5786
Fax: (602) 253-3874