President’s Message


My City Manager often teases me about the way I deliver information to him.  If I stand at his door pulling on my tie like Oliver Hardy, then it is important news.  This is one of those moments!

One of the duties of President is to appoint a nominating committee to recommend future officers for the Association.  Immediate Past President, Bret Starr, chaired the committee.  Serving along with Bret were Monika Arris, Susan Morgan, Kent Pfeil, and Collin Boothe.  Thank you all for your work on this assignment.  I am extremely pleased to announce the candidates for open seats on the Board of Directors for terms beginning on July 1, 2016.  The election for these candidates will take place at the Spring meeting in April.

President-Elect Martie Simpson, City of New Braunfels
Treasurer Katina Hampton, City of Friendswood
Central Representative Lorie Lankford, City of Round Rock
East Representative Cathy Ezell, Matagorda County

The Board of Directors has approved two substantive amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws of GFOAT.  The first revision expands the qualifications of an elected officer to someone who is a member of a standing committee or who has served in the capacity of a regional officer.  The second amendment changes the title of ‘Regional Director’ to ‘regional officer’ and clarifies its role in the organization.  These amendments will be also presented to the membership for a vote at the GFOAT Spring Institute.

As we continue our outreach to members and non-members alike, many exciting enhancements are coming to our website.  The Board has made a long-term commitment to adding video-based training onto our site.  Our Facebook and Linked-In pages have been updated as well.  Now, we want to hear from YOU!  We will be asking members to submit a brief, one or two minute video describing how or why you became a government finance officer.  These videos will be shared with others on our website and through social media.  Let’s work together to promote the profession of government finance!

I look forward to seeing you soon in Austin.

Michael Rodgers
GFOAT President



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