The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) will host an exceptional line-up of state and local accounting experts during its next training, Government Financial Statements and Accounting. The course will be held on Jan. 12-15 at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta, Ga.
Miller Edwards, a partner with Mauldin & Jenkins, will serve on the industry panel. He joined Mauldin & Jenkins in 1986 and began the firm’s governmental practice. He is a member of the firm’s executive committee and the audit and accounting committee. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration with dual majors in accounting and risk management/insurance from the University of Georgia.
Paul Glick, chief financial officer for Harris County, Ga., is one of two lead instructors. A principal of Glick Consulting Group, he conducts financial management training courses nationwide. He has worked for Government Financial Officers Association in Illinois and served on state and national committees concerning governmental accounting and financial reporting.
Greg Griffin, the state auditor of Georgia, will serve on the industry panel. Prior to his appointment in 2012, Griffin had been the state accounting officer for Georgia since 2008. Prior to his employment at the State Accounting Office, Griffin completed a nearly 25-year career with AT&T. He started his career as an auditor with Deloitte Haskins and Sells and has more than 30 years’ experience in the field.
Russell Hinton, the former state auditor of Georgia, is one of two lead instructors. He joined the State of Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts in 1974. Hinton retired in 2012 after 13 years as Georgia’s state auditor. That same year the National Association of State Auditors honored Hinton with the William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award.
Tim Lyons, a manager with Mauldin & Jenkins, will be a guest speaker. He specializes in the audit of state and local governments and municipal utility providers. Lyons is a graduate of the Leadership Academy at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and last year, he was an incoming member of the Leadership Council for the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Alan Skelton, a state accounting officer for Georgia since 2012, will be a guest speaker. His role includes issuing oversight of statewide financial reporting, issuing accounting policy and interpretation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and the implementation of business process improvements. He previously served as a deputy state accounting officer.
The training will give an overview of the governmental accounting and auditing function for managers, strategies for internal controls, and best practices in developing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Participants may earn up to 32 CPE credits for this course through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
The deadline to register is Jan. 5. Public sector employees get a 30 percent discount. For more information, visit CSLF’s website or contact the center at [email protected] or 404-413-0098.