Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO)

Currently the FGFOA has a total of 586 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.

Why earn a CGFO Designation?

CGFO Program Brochure

Want to become a CGFO?

CGFO Application/Requirements

2018 CGFO of the Year

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


Sharon Almeida, Assistant Finance Director, City of Lantana
Cheryl Atkins, Finance Coordinator, City of Deltona
Michelle Bishop, Budget Management Analyst, Hernando County
Kelly Bennett, Senior Budget Analyst, City of Sarasota
Peter Brill, Assistant Director of Finance, City of Ocala
Junko Brown, Assistant Finance Director, Treasure Island
Kathleen Campbell, Director of Finance, Children’s Services Council of Broward County
Diana Carro, Accounting Manager, Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board
Dawn Clark, Financial Operations Manager, City of Jupiter
Ginny Cox, Accountant, City of Sebring
Kathy Donoghue, Finance Director, Pasco County Sheriff's Office
John Michael Fischer, Senior Management/Budget Analyst, City of Cape Coral
Lory Irwin, Assistant Finance Director for Operations, City of Daytona Beach Shores
Andrea Kvech, Airport Accountant, City of Pensacola
Brenda Lightfoot, Manager, Financial Reporting, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Barbara Mika, Controller, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority
Sylvia Mora, Accountant, City of West Palm Beach
Marcia Patacer, Accounting Manager, City of Palm Bay
Saba Rahmani, Deputy Director-Finance, Polk County Sheriff's Office
Alicia Sheffield, Accountant II, City of Fort Lauderdale
Emilie R. Smith, Assistant City Manager, City of Sunrise
Krystal Strickland, Sr. Financial Analyst, Florida Governmental Utility Authority
Laura Thezine, Assistant Finance Director, City of Delray Beach
Brandy Waldron, Budget Director, City of Panama City
Corey Wheeler, Director of Finance, Okeechobee County School Board
Denese Williams, Business Analyst, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Terrence Vecchio, Senior Budget Analyst, Lee County Port Authority