Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO)

Currently the FGFOA has a total of 466 CGFOs.

The CGFO program is intended to encourage a level of knowledge and professionalism in the field of government finance. It is also intended to encourage development and maintenance of professional competence for practicing governmental finance officers. For purposes of the CGFO program, a finance officer is any individual occupying a professional level position that includes oversight and/or supervision of one or more financial functions in a government entity.
While the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, Inc. (FGFOA) certifies that individuals meeting the criteria in its professional certification program demonstrate certain competencies, the Florida Government Finance Officers Association expressly withholds an opinion as to the capability of any individual to successfully perform in a given position. Prospective employers and employees must make that decision. The Florida Government Finance Officers Association encourages prospective employers and employees to share information regarding the requirements of the position and the capabilities of the candidate in a forthright manner to promote sound employment and professional decisions.

CGFO applications must be received by September 15th for the fall exams, and January 15th for the spring exams.

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CGFO Application/Requirements



CPE Reporting




2018 CGFO of the Year

Brenda Lightfoot, Manager, Financial Reporting, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Fall 2018 New CGFOs

Allison Broihier, Director of Finance, City of Seminole
E. John Brower, Senior Fiscal Management Analyst, Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
Victor DiRamio, Accountant III, City of North Port
Alvin Hall, Management Analyst, St. Lucie County
Michele Harris, Assistant Controller, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority
Jennifer Madewell, Fiscal Resource Manager, County of Volusia
Britt Martin, Financial Projects Manager, City of Cape Coral
Rosalind McCutcheon, Benefits Accountant, Broward County Public Schools
Michael Mock, Financial Reporting Specialist, St. Lucie County
Obaku Nyomah, Senior Accountant, City of Jacksonville
Leslie Porter, Finance Officer, City of Dade City
Christopher Quirk, Director of Finance, City of Tequesta
Kelli Reed, Senior Fiscal Analyst, City of Tampa
Dan Risola, Assistant Budget Director, Pasco County
Alberto Souto, Assistant Budget Director, City of Jacksonville

Spring 2019 New CGFOs

Sandria Barrett-Lee, Accountant, City of Wilton Manors
Donna Brewton, Accountant III, Escambia County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller
Amy Davis, Assistant City Manager/Finance Director, City of Treasure Island
Raymond Herbert, II, Accounting and Budget Systems Coordinator, City of Tampa
Ann Lee, Finance/Administration Manager, Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
Jeanette Daniele McDaniel, Finance Officer, Jackson County Clerk of Court
Jacqueline Newell, Treasury Manager, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County
Lizette Rivera, Accounting Technician Senior, City of Deltona
Kelly Schwartz, Assistant Finance Director, City of Margate
Diane Wilson, Interim Finance Director, City of Gainesville