Brewer, Kerley awarded certification

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Harriman and Kingston finance officers among 97

Two finance officers from Roane County municipalities were among more than 90 to be awarded the Certified Municipal Finance Officers certificate recently in Nashville.
Kingston’s Carolyn Brewer and Harriman’s Charles Kerley were in the class that included 97 individuals representing 86 cities and one utility district.
They completed a two-year program that consisted of 11 courses and exams covering eight different topics.
Brewer and Kerley were awarded their CMFO certification by Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller of the Treasury.
Speakers at the ceremony included Wilson; Director of Municipal Audit Dennis Dycus; University of Tennessee Vice President of Public Service Mary Jinks and UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service Finance and Accounting Consultant Dick Phebus.
The CMFO program was developed after the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law that required certain municipal finance officers to be certified.
MTAS worked with assistance from and review by the Tennessee 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 the first class of Certified Municipal Finance Officers (CMFOs),” said MTAS Executive Director Steve Thompson.
“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.”