News and Updates

Kari Blanchett Promoted to Managing Director at
The PFM Group

The PFM Group announced that MGFOA member Kari L. Blanchett, along with two other senior professionals, have been promoted to Managing Directors of the firm.

Kari represents Public Financial Management, Inc. as a Financial Advisor serving schools, higher education institutions, and municipal government clients across Michigan and the upper Midwest and is based in the firm’s Ann Arbor office.

“These are individuals who, through outstanding client service and the highest professional standards, have helped PFM grow and maintain our role as the nation’s premier independent financial advisory and investment management firm,” PFM CEO John H. Bonow noted. “They have proven that by focusing on serving our clients’ interests, PFM can continue to earn their trust and enable us to sustain our leadership position in the industry,” he added.

Kari L. Blanchett joined PFM in 2004 and has built the firm’s Financial Advisory business in Michigan, focusing initially on local governments and school districts.  Working from the school district base, Kari has broadened PFM’s Michigan footprint to include counties, higher education institutions, authorities and cities. She has also been a valuable team member by involving other PFM subject matter experts when developing solutions to address significant client challenges.  This teamwork was dramatically evident in PFM’s service to Oakland County as part of the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings.  Ms. Blanchett has a strong reputation among clients for her in-depth knowledge and experience in Michigan and among colleagues for her inclusive attitude and her strategic vision.

Congratulations Kari!

2015 GFOA Scholarship Information

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) will administer four scholarship programs that are available for award in the Spring of 2015.  GFOA seeks your assistance in promoting these scholarships in your province or state. 

All of these programs are intended to benefit students planning to pursue careers in state and local government finance.  The submission deadline for applications for the 2015 awards is February 20, 2015.  Following are brief descriptions of each of the scholarships:

The Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship of $12,000 is for graduate students in public finance who are enrolled in a full-time master’s program.  Funded by the Girard Miller Foundation. Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster

The Frank L. Greathouse Governmental Accounting Scholarship of $7,000 (each award) is available for award to two undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full time in an accounting program (an undergraduate student must be in the process of completing at least their junior year by the time of the scholarship award). Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster

The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship of $7,000 is for upper-division undergraduate or graduate students of public administration, accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration (with a special focus on government or nonprofit management).  To be eligible for this award students must belong to one of the following groups (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Asian. Funded by Tyler Technologies. Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster

The Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship of $7,000 (each award) is available for four employees of a state or local government enrolled in part-time graduate study preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster

2014 Fall Training Institute Handouts

Handouts from the 2014 Fall Training Institute can be found on the event page.

Policies & Procedures for Key Financial Functions

The MGFOA Accounting Standards Committee has developed policies and recommended procedures for use in your community.  The policies cover key financial functions, including: 

Budgeting Fund Balance
Capital Assets Grants Management
Cash Management       Investments
Debt Management Payroll & Expense Reimbursement
Ethics Purchasing
Financial Reporting  

While each document was created and reviewed by members of the Committee, it is important to note that these documents are not a ‘one size fits all’ solution.  Finance officials seeking to use these documents should consult their respective government agency’s charter as well as their agency’s legal counsel.

Please visit the RESOURCES page of the site to view the documents.

If you would like to suggest any changes to these documents, please email the Standards Committee via Joe Heffernan.

MGFOA Committee Membership

The MGFOA Board is accepting application for members to volunteer to serve on various Committees

This is your opportunity to get involved and grow with the organization by serving and contributing your knowledge to a committee.

Click here to complete the Committee Membership Application.

Dashboard and Citizen Guide templates at Dept of Treasury

Follow this LINK.

Michigan Department of Treasury and EVIP Administration

Follow this LINK.

FREE: State of Michigan's Local Government Records Management training is now available online

Follow this link.

Membership Information

Membership Information

Board of Directors '14 - '15

Executive Director
Bob Hertel
President
Ed Sell
Finance Director
City of Monroe
734-384-9133
Edward.Sell@monroemi.gov
Board Assignment:
  • Policies, Bylaws, and Ethics
VP / Secretary
Christa McLellan
Deputy Treasurer - Financial Services
Wayne County Treasurers Office
313-224-0489
cmclella@co.wayne.mi.us
Board Assignment:
  • Mentoring/Membership
Treasurer
Catherine McClary
Washtenaw County Treasurer
Washtenaw County Treasurer
734-222-6600
mcclaryc@ewashtenaw.org
Board Assignment:
  • Legislative Committee
Immediate Past President
Tom Skrobola
Director of Management Services/CFO
City of Kalamazoo
269-207-9429
skrobolat@kalamazoocity.org
Board Assignment:
  • Nominations
  • Strategic Planning
Associate Director
Ben Stone
Vice President, Relationship Manager
Flagstar Bank
248-312-5979
benjamin.stone@flagstar.com
Board Assignment:
  • Spring Conference
  • Golf Outing
  • Professional Development
Associate Director
Beth Bialy
Partner
Plante & Moran, PLLC
248-223-3377
beth.bialy@plantemoran.com
Board Assignment:
  • Fall Conference
  • Michigan Brunch
  • Mentoring/Membership
Board Member
Ed Bradford
CFO
City of Manistee
231-398-2804
ebradford@manisteemi.gov
Board Assignment:
  • Spring Conference
  • Golf Outing
  • Technology
Board Member
Tom Darling
Director of Financial Services
City of Troy
248-524-3330
t.darling@troymi.gov
Board Assignment:
  • Spring Conference
  • Accounting Standards
Board Member
Tamar Lewis
Accounting Coordinator
City of Flint, Finance Department
810-766-7266
tlewis@cityofflint.com
Board Assignment:
  • Fall Conference
  • Professional Development
Board Member
Steve Adair
Finance Director & Treasurer
City of Center Line
586-757-6800
sadair@centerline.gov
Board Assignment:
  • Fall Conference
  • Legislative Committee

Executive Director
Bob Hertel
executive@MiGFOA.org

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