County reports in great shape

Neil Sturdevant

Julye Keeble|Leader-News
County Judge Bill Mitchell (left) installs a bronze medallion in a plaque holder held by County Treasurer Joni Deorsam (center) and County Auditor Alice Chapman (right) during a reception celebrating the 25th consecutive Uvalde County Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award, presented by the Government Finance Officers Association, was presented Monday morning at the Uvalde County Courthouse.

Uvalde County recently received a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting, marking the 25th consecutive year the county has received this distinction.

The award was presented by the Chicago, Illinois-based Government Finance Officers Association, which serves both the United States and Canada. This year’s award is based on complete financial reports for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020.

It was introduced at a reception held after the March 14 meeting of Uvalde County commissioners in the third-floor hallway across from the commissioners’ hearing room at the courthouse. Numerous bronze plaques and medallions hang on the far wall, representing more than two decades of the award.

Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell announced the achievement at the county meeting.

“The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the field of government accounting and financial reporting, and earning it represents a significant achievement by the government in its stewardship,” Mitchell said.

“Congratulations to all elected officials and staff and especially County Treasurer Joni Deorsam and County Auditor Alice Chapman. This is the 25th consecutive year the county has received this award,” he said.

The bronze medallion reception and presentation included a congratulatory cake, punch and coffee.

Chapman said the award is a team effort, noting department heads and county staff work together on finance and audit processes.

She also expressed appreciation for Beyer and Company, an accounting firm that serves as the county’s auditor, saying it mentored staff in the early years.

The regular county meeting, which began at 10 a.m., was held at the county courthouse.

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