Hello! I’m back – as promised – in my role as PR Director for LaV. It didn’t take me long at all to realize there are some pretty amazing people who work here. Which is why I’m “officially” writing now – to congratulate Ms. Phillis Rogers, the Director of Finance and Water Billing. She recently earned an important designation on our behalf.
Here’s the official news release after the jump,
LaVergne finance director receives Certified Municipal Officer award
Phillis Rogers, finance director for the city of LaVergne, has been awarded the Certified Municipal Finance Officers (CMFO) certificate by the Institute for Public Service of the University of Tennessee. At a ceremony on January 27 in Nashville, she was presented the award at the State Capitol.
“We are very pleased that Phillis brings this financial expertise to our city,” said Mayor Senna Mosley. “Through her leadership and professional standards, LaVergne has received numerous financial awards. LaVergne greatly benefits to have someone of her caliber as our director of finance and water billing.”
The graduating class included 97 individuals representing 86 cities and one utility district. Graduates completed a two-year program that consisted of 11 courses and exams covering eight different topics. The certification program is at the forefront of programs nationwide that focus on the role of the municipal finance officer.
The CMFO certification was awarded to each individual by Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller of the Treasury. Speakers at the ceremony included Wilson; Director of Municipal Audit Dennis Dycus; UT Vice President of Public Service Dr. Mary Jinks and UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) Finance and Accounting Consultant Dick Phebus.
“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.”
LaVergne has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for 14 consecutive years.
Warm congratulations to Phillis for this achievement!