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Church Hill's Sandidge among certified city finance officers

March 13th, 2013 12:04 am by staff report

NASHVILLE — Church Hill City Recorder Mark Sandidge was among the 175 municipal finance officers who were awarded the Certified Municipal Finance Officers (CMFO) certificate Feb. 22 in Nashville.

The program requirements were completed by 216 finance officers, city recorders, city managers and mayors.

This class brings the overall total of certified municipal finance officers to 313. These individuals completed a two-year program that consisted of 11 courses covering eight different topics, and they passed an exam for each course.

Speakers at the ceremony included Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson ; Director of Local Government Audit Jim Arnette; UT Institute for Public Service Assistant Vice President Chuck Shoopman and UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) Executive Director Jim Thomas. The CMFO certificates were awarded to each individual by Arnette and Shoopman, with Thomas announcing each of the 216 names.

The CMFO program was developed after the state legislature passed a law that required certain municipal finance officers to be certified. MTAS worked with assistance from and review by the state comptroller’s office to develop the program objectives and content. This certification program is at the forefront of programs nationwide that focuses on the role of the municipal finance officer.

“MTAS would like to express our sincere congratulations to this class of Certified Municipal Finance Officers,” said Thomas. “We applaud each individual’s commitment to the program and are very proud of their achievements. The purpose of this program is to advance the knowledge and skills required of municipal finance officers in today’s complex financial environment.”

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