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Board Recognizes Albemarle County Department of Finance for Two Accomplishments

At today’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors recognized the Department of Finance for two recent accomplishments – GFOA Certificate of Achievement and Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) Manager of the Year.

GFOA Certificate of Achievement
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to County of Albemarle by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Betty Burrell, Director of Finance, received this award at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting on behalf of the County. “We are very pleased that Albemarle County has once again been recognized by GFOA for our financial reporting,” Burrell says. “We know that accuracy and transparency are critical to building and maintaining trust with our citizens, and Albemarle County is committed to ensuring that we are working in an atmosphere of openness and precision to provide sound stewardship of our community’s resources.”

Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) Manager of the Year Award
At the 2013 National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) Forum held in Orlando, Florida this past August, Albemarle County Purchasing Agent Kelly Okken was one of the top three finalists for the Institute’s prestigious National Purchasing Manager of the Year Award.  With more than 2,600 member agencies representing over 16,000 professionals across the United States, Canada and countries outside of North America, NIGP is international in its reach. Candidates for the NIGP Manager of the Year Award are selected from nominations submitted by NIGP Chapter affiliates or individuals.  Kelly became the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing’s nominee for this award following her win of the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) Professional Manager of the Year in March 2013.

Kelly has made significant contributions to the advancement of the purchasing profession and professional development.  She demonstrated a high level of involvement and made many contributions to the public procurement profession by initiating innovative concepts, publishing articles, acting as a mentor to other purchasing professionals and serving on special task forces, as well as, excellent leadership, enthusiasm and personal commitment to the profession and the Institute.

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