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Post Date:January 09, 2018 9:00 AM

Hahnville, LA - The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Parish of St. Charles by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2016 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). This is the twentieth time that the Finance Department has received this award.

“It is such an honor for our parish to have achieved this for twenty years,” said Parish President Larry Cochran “Our Finance Department works very hard to make sure that both this document and the budget are executed consummately each year. We are very proud of their achievements.”

According to the GFOA, the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel to meet the standards of the program demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

“I could not be more proud of our great department as this is our 20th consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting,” said Chief Financial Officer Grant Dussom. “This prestigious award only further enhances the department’s commitment to excellence in financial reporting, and we will continue to strive to outdo ourselves each year.”

The GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of approximately 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.

The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.

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CAPTION: Chief Financial Officer Grant Dussom was recognized for the award by Parish President Cochran at the Jan. 8 Parish Council meeting in Hahnville.

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