By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ
PUTNAM COUNTY – Putnam County Clerk Wayne Nabors recently attended the state’s second-ever Certified County Financial Officer (CCFO) program and became the first county clerk in Tennessee to earn the designation.
The CCFO program was developed by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury and the University of Tennessee’s County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) to provide county financial officers the opportunity to enhance their skills in carrying out the fiscal responsibilities of their job. CTAS administers the educational program, including the testing requirements, and the Comptroller’s office is the official certification authority.
The program consists of 11 different areas of emphasis, such as county budgeting, governmental accounting, financial reporting, debt and cash management, purchasing, and payroll.
Participants must pass each section of the year-long class to achieve certification. Upon successfully completing the class, officials maintain certification by taking at least 16 hours of continuing education in accounting and finance each year.