Magazine article Government Finance Review

GFOA's New President-Elect and Executive Board

Magazine article Government Finance Review

GFOA's New President-Elect and Executive Board

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The Government Finance Officers Association is governed by an 18-member executive board, which consists of, 15 members at large serving staggered three-year terms the current president, the previous years president, and the president-elect. At the association's' annual meeting in May, GFOA members voted for a slate of nominees for president-elect and five new members-at-large, each of whom is profiled below.

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PRESIDENT-ELECT

CHRIS MORRILL

City Manager

City of Roanoke, Virginia

Chris Morrill has served on the GFOA Executive Board since 2008 and has been a GFOA member for 21 years. He currently serves on GFOA's Committee on Retirement and Benefits Administration. His government has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for several years. In addition, while he was with the City of Savannah, Georgia, it received the Award for Excellence in Financial Management twice. Morrill has also contributed to the association as an instructor for the GFOA's Budget Analyst Training Academy, Budgeting Best Practices, and Capital Budgeting and Financial Planning training sessions. He has written articles and book reviews for Government Finance Review, including "Best Practices: Ellis Square Public/Private Partnership in Savannah," "Capital Program Considerations in Challenging Times," and "Budgeting for Outcomes in Savannah."

Morrill previously served as assistant city manager for the City of Savannah, Georgia, where he led major economic development projects including the Ellis Square Public/ Private Partnership. He has also been active ly involved in other organizations as senior municipal finance advisor to the South African National Treasury; member of the Virginia GFOA and the International City/County Management Association (credentialed manager); fellow of the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance; and a trainer on budgeting, economic development, and capital planning for ICMA and Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida state associations.

Goals for GFOA

* Support and build the effectiveness of the GFOA's standing committees, emphasizing the importance of best practices and advisories as a core GFOA mission.

* Continue and expand efforts to provide resources, tools, and skill-building opportunities to members through GFOA consulting and training.

* Attract the next generation of GFOA members by promoting opportunities to build financial, economic development, and leadership skills to contribute to the community.

* Improve efforts to communicate the work of the GFOA and it members.

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MARC GONZALES

Finance Director

Clackamas County, Oregon

Marc Gonzales, a GFOA member for more than 25 years, has served on the GFOA's Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy since 2008 and has been a reviewer for the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award program since 2010. He has attended nine annual conferences and has been a session speaker and moderator at two annual conferences. Gonzales has also been an instructor for GFOA budget training. His government has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the past 16 years and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the past 17 years.

Gonzales' professional contributions include professionalizing staffing in the finance department; restructuring fleet services; redesigning the budget process and document; executing a facilities master plan; sponsoring financial system implementation; and sponsoring a work force planning project. He is the past president (1999-2000) of the Oregon Municipal Finance Officers Association and recipient of that organization's Honorary Life Member Award.

Goals for GFOA

* Continue to guide elected and appointed officials to make the best possible decisions for the governments we serve. …

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