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Plainfield Park District Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Submitted by the Plainfield Park District:

The Plainfield Park District has again been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by District management.

The Park District’s CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet “the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story."

This year marks the 11th consecutive year the Plainfield Park District has achieved the honor, and the award will be presented to the Park District’s Business Manager, Maureen Nugent, at a later date.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association of some 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Tim June 02, 2014 at 05:03 PM
For what year? The current fiscal year disaster isn't even over yet, so it certainly isn't for the year these current clowns have been the steward of the district. What is left out of these 'pre-packaged' news releases always tells more than what is included. Like the year the award is for. Dollars to donuts - this is for the fiscal year that ENDED in 2013, before the current clown college board majority took up residence and acted like this was their own little private club to do as they pleased. Someone, PLEASE feel free to correct me if I am wrong on this, but since the district has lost my trust over the past 12 months, it is my default position to not trust what they are saying. ESPECIALLY when the year the award is for is left out. Note: this is a release from the district, not a story created by patch, so I fully place my mistrust exactly where it belongs. Not on Patch.
Ron Jidzny June 02, 2014 at 05:16 PM
Doesn't the park district have a 'Communications Director' that gets paid around $80,000 per year plus benefits. Communication 101 - There are two parts to a message - sending and receiving - and both are done very poorly. All of these messages are rhetoric - they strategically use symbols to influence thoughts, feelings, and behaviors on the public. These messages are designed to only promote the park district's interests, sometimes (not always) at the expense of the interests of others involved. Congrats to those who actually deserve this recognition and shame on those who make it appear it's theirs when it's really not.
Vicky Polito June 02, 2014 at 06:13 PM
I would also like to know what time span the award refers to, but it is as clear now as it always has been to me that Maureen Nugent is a skilled and dedicated professional in her field (Finance/Accounting). Even if the award is based all or in part on the past year, notice that it's for having high standards and practices in financial REPORTING and NOT for overall budget management and decision making or functions outside the scope of being the Director of Finance. That's why I say it would not surprise me if she were recognized--again. Even in the past year's mess, she has been--as she's been for years prior--a good and honest employee at PTPD and we all know that was extra hard. I do disagree with this bit, as it does seem like someone wants to try and steal a little of Ms. Nugent's thunder: "its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by District management". No, it doesn't--it represents significant accomplishment by the Dir. of Finance, the person who does and has to stand by the reporting and documentation of the district's finances. That would be Ms. Nugent. Congrats to her on her continued professional success and thanks to her, too.
MomofmanyinPlainfield June 03, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Is this a joke?

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