County Finance Department earn certificate of achievement

Special to the Times

The Henry County Finance Department was recognized by the Henry County Board of Commissioners at the August 1, 2017 meeting for recently being awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the fiscal year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the 2016 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR).

County manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews made the presentation and detailed the accomplishments to receiving such an honor. She said that Henry County is only one of 38 counties in the state to earn the distinction for its CAFR.

“This is an honor that we are standing here this morning recognizing our Finance Depart-ment for a job well done,” said Matthews. “It takes the entire team to pull this report together.”

Matthews said that this is the twelfth consecutive year that Henry County has earned the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for the CAFR, and the eleventh year for the PAFR, both having been judged and evaluated by an impartial panel, meeting high standards and demonstrating a spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate Henry County’s financial story.

According to a statement issued by the Government Finance Officers Association, “the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.”

The Government Officers Finance Association is a nonprofit, professional association dedicated to the sound management of government financial resources, which serves approximately 19,000 government finance professionals.

To view the 2016 Henry County Comprehensive Annual Finan-cial Report (CAFR) and the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), visit