Upcoming GFOAz Events

Thank you to everyone who attended the GFOAz Annual Budget Forum on November 8 at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria, AZ. The training was well-attended with over 80 members! We appreciate the suggestions provided by those who completed the online survey that provides the committee with feedback and ideas for upcoming trainings. Read more

GFOAz Scholarships Available

In 2014, GFOAz will be offering two scholarships to the GFOAz Winter Conference, February 19-21, 2014, in Prescott. The association will also offer one scholarship to the annual GFOA (national) conference, May 18-21, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Please see the attached scholarship application for more information on how to apply. Please apply for either the winter conference or national conference. Applications and/or nominations are due December 4, 2013.

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Distinguished Budget Award Winners

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada (GFOA) this month presented the cities of Avondale and Show Low with the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2012-13 fiscal year budget. Read more

GFOA Award Recognition

Congratulations to the cities of El Mirage and Eloy, who recently received Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR) Awards.

El Mirage


If your organization will be receiving a GFOA Award and would like public recognition at a council meeting, a GFOAz member can be available to present the award to your city or town council. Please contact aprice@azleague.org to coordinate an award presentation.

Motivational Quote

"To succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success." - John Rockefeller

GFOAz 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship materials are now available for 2014. If you have any referrals or if there are any companies that are interested in sponsorship opportunities with GFOAz, they can contact Amy Price at aprice@azleague.org for more information.

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GFOAz Members on the Move

Tom Duensing - Finance Director for Glendale

Tom Duensing has accepted the position to be the city of Glendale's new executive director of financial services and will begin working for Glendale on Oct. 15.

In his new position, Duensing will be responsible for the overall direction of the city's financial services operations, directing the preparation of the annual budget, guiding city management and council through the annual budget process, overseeing the coordination and preparation of the operating and capital improvement budgets, along with conducting financial forecasting. Read more

GFOAz Welcomes New Members

Helen Bartels, Budget Analyst, City of Cottonwood
Kandace French, Town Clerk/Treasurer, Town of Carefree
Debra Galbraith, Town Manager, Town of Payson

GFOAz Board of Directors

Jerry Hart
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Tempe

Joe Duffy
Finance Director
Town of Chino Valley

Benjamin Ronquillo
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Litchfield Park

Brian Wright
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Eloy

Valerie Fenske
Membership Committee Chair
Administrative Services Director
City of Lake Havasu City
Scott Holt
Immediate Past President
Director - Financial Services
Yuma County

Vicki Rios
Member At-Large
Deputy Finance Director
City of Phoenix

Sandra Schulz
Member At-Large
CFO/Director of Finance
Coconino County

Mindy Russell
Education Committee Chair
Management Assistant
City of Peoria
January 9, 2014
GFOAz January Training
Public Service Amphitheater
75 E. Civic Center Drive
Police Department
Gilbert, Arizona
More information

January 13-17, 2014
GFOA Training Seminars
Hyatt Regency
Long Beach, CA
More information

February 19-21, 2014
2014 GFOAZ Winter Conference
Prescott Resort
Prescott, Arizona
Town of Sahuarita
Accounting Specialist

City of Chandler
Purchasing and Materials Manager

Arizona Department of Transportation
Business System Analyst

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