BY MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos County has acquired the Triple Crown Honor, the best award of the Authorities Monetary Officers Affiliation (GFOA) in recognition of three different prestigious monetary awards the County earned this 12 months.
Chief Monetary Officer Helen Perraglio mentioned the awards Tuesday night in the course of the Los Alamos County Council digital assembly.
“Now we have acquired the GFOA’s Distinguished Funds Presentation Award for our FY2020 funds, which in response to them displays the dedication of the federal government physique and workers to assembly the best rules of governmental budgeting. That is the 28th 12 months that we acquired this honor and we actually wish to thank all of the workers, division heads, administration and Council for collaborating within the funds growth and our wonderful finance funds workers, Karen Kendall and Yvette Atencio for making ready our distinguished funds e book,” Perraglio stated.
The funds doc is the completed product of the efforts from all County workers who take part in its growth.
“We begin engaged on this as early as December and collaborate with so many workers inside the departments,from the entry of the projections to all of the conferences on the important thing packages and initiatives and all of these particulars that must be labored out till the funds is finally adopted by Council,” she stated. “We’re actually grateful to have the management of (Deputy County Supervisor) Steven Lynne and his institutional data of the County’s funds and all of the processes that go into it, and particularly to our County Supervisor Harry Burgess who guides us by this rigorous effort so we are able to all share on this honor.”
The County was additionally awarded a GFOA Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Monetary Reporting for its FY2019 Complete Annual Monetary Report (CAFR).
“The GFOA states that that is the best type of recognition within the space of presidency accounting and monetary reporting and its attainment represents a major accomplishment by a authorities and its administration. That is the 29th 12 months that we acquired this honor. We actually recognize all of the annual efforts of all County workers that adhere to our sound controls,” Perraglios stated. “I particularly thank our finance accounting workforce led by Melissa Dadzee, our deputy CFO, for his or her dedication and energy to file our CAFR in-house. We’re notably lucky to have this in-house data on our finance workforce in adherence to essentially strict accounting requirements which might be set by the Governmental Accounting Requirements Board and produce the leads to the type of this annual monetary report.”
She stated workers dedicates an incredible period of time and lengthy hours, weekends and the whole lot else it takes to keep up all operations and undertake the annual CAFR.
“From the beginning of this operation in July after we shut out a fiscal 12 months to the top of November – it takes that many months to shut out the audit and shut the books and do the CAFR. So it truly is a major enterprise and we as a county are really lucky to have such a devoted workforce to perform this,” Perraglio stated.
The County additionally acquired the GFOA’s award for Excellent Achievement in common annual monetary reporting for its FY2019 CAFR. The necessities are primarily based on analysis of data introduced, reader enchantment, understandability, distribution and different components of highlighting a few of the key objects from the CAFR in a condensed and extra person pleasant readable format. That is the fourth 12 months the County has attained this award and the fourth 12 months the County has produced the CAFR and took part in this system.
Perraglio stated the workers didn’t know the Triple Crown Award existed till they acquired a letter. All GFAO awards attained are nationwide recognition which is one thing to be actually pleased with, she stated.
The County additionally acquired a Certificates of Continued Excellence from New Mexico Counties along with the State Auditor, recognizing continued audit achievement and monetary administration excellence for the FY2019 audit.
“That is the fifth 12 months that now we have attained this. As a way to have few or no findings, it actually takes sturdy inside controls and a dedication from all ranges of our countywide workforce to stick to those. Our finance workforce administers a number of key insurance policies and commonplace working procedures in all space of monetary administration, from the entry of the adopted funds to the procurement of the products and providers beneath the procurement code, and the fee of our suppliers and the fee of our workers,” Perraglio stated. “We do that throughout all departments and for a mess of enterprise operations by useful person teams, trainings and a substantial amount of communication amongst all of our groups by expanded administration and senior administration.”
She famous that the buy-in, cooperation and teamwork that happens each day is de facto instrumental in contributing to the success and it ought to be shared countywide.
“We wish to spotlight that group effort and the popularity of the County as an entire ,” she stated.
Staff members are:
Helen Perraglio, Chief Monetary Officer
Melissa Dadzie, Deputy Chief Monetary Officer
Mauricia Chavarrua-Quam, Accounting Operations Supervisor
Karen Kendall, Funds and Efficiency Supervisor
Beatrice Odezulu, Senior Administration Analyst
Zhenyan Liu, Accountant
Yvette Atencio, Senior Funds Analyst
Julie Brothers, Accounting Operations Supervisor
Sonya Ortiz, Senior Accountant
Nicole Avila, Payroll Specialist
David Griego, Senior Administration Analyst
Nicholle Cordova, Accounts Payable and P-Card Administrator
Rebecca Andrus, Accounts Payable Coordinator