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Dare County Finance Department receives award for excellence in financial reporting

The Dare County Finance Department has been awarded the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. At a Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting held in September, Chairman Bob Woodard presented the award to finance director David Clawson and assistant finance director Sally DeFosse for the department’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019.

In 1945, the Government Finance Officers Association established the annual Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program to encourage local governments to take complex financial information and produce a CAFR that provides citizens with a document that is both accessible and easy for everyone to understand, even those who are unfamiliar with finance.

Governments that are able to successfully meet the high standards of the program are then recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

This year marks the 29th consecutive year that Dare County has received the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, earning recognition every year since Clawson began serving as the county’s finance director.

“David’s leadership on Dare County’s financial matters is outstanding,” Woodard said during the awards presentation at the meeting. “From fund balance to investments to auditing procedures, he has his finger on the pulse of all of the county’s finances. David, thank you for your efforts, and please accept this award on behalf of Dare County.”

Woodard also recognized DeFosse’s contribution to the department and her role in producing yet another award-winning CAFR for Dare County.

“David has put together an effective and talented financial team. Sally DeFosse serves as assistant finance director and she accomplishes much of the hands-on work with the budget and financial reporting,” said Woodard. “She is the person primarily responsible for preparing and compiling the report that is being recognized for meeting very high standards. Sally, it is my honor to present to you this certificate of financial reporting achievement. Thank you for your efforts. Thanks, also, to the entire Finance Department for their excellent work throughout the year.”

To view Dare County’s award-winning CAFR, visit www.darenc.com.

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