April 11, 2022  |  09:27 am

 

Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased to announce the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has received both the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2022 budget and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.

Both awards were presented by the Government Finance Officers Association, and the national awards represent a significant achievement by the agency and reflects the commitment of the agency and its staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting and financial reporting.

In order to receive the budget award, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communication device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the agency’s report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report. This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

“Chief Financial Officer Andrea Cossé, Budget Manager Iwona Lenczewski, Controller Cynthia Bankston and the entire finance staff worked tirelessly to prepare these documents, and I am pleased their hard work is being recognized with these prestigious awards from an internationally recognized organization. These awards are true testaments to our finance department’s daily determination to serve the residents of St. Tammany in the most diligent, professional, and transparent manner possible,” Sheriff Smith said.

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.