News and Updates

Passing of Former MGFOA Member Bob Fisher

Former MGFOA member, Bob Fisher passed away last Sunday at 8 PM in Ann Arbor.  On September 8th Bob had surgery to remove some cancer from his body.  The surgery was apparently successful in removing the cancer, but Bob struggled with severe post-surgery complications that he never was able to get past.  Bob worked for the City of Midland from 1979 through 2004.  He was the Director of Fiscal Services.  For those of us who were fortunate enough to know Bob, he was genuinely a wonderful person and left us much too soon. 

There will be a celebration of Bob's life on Saturday, December 6 at Dow Diamond in Midland.  The event will start at 1:05pm and last until 4:00.  The address is 825 E. Main Street.  Use the Main Street entrance into the stadium and take the elevator upstairs.  There will be signs pointing you in the right direction.  The family is not planning on having a formal ceremony, but sharing photos and stories and remembering all the wonderful things about Bob. The family will be sporting the Old English D in honor of Bob’s devotion to the Tigers.  We invite you to join us in doing so.  Regardless, please leave the neckties at home. Bob would have wanted it that way. Instead of flowers, please consider making a donation to Senior Services of Midland (Bob was very involved with this organization) or the American Liver Foundation.  

Grant Management Workshop - Dec. 9-10, 2014

Grant Writing USA is teaming up with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments to host a Grant Management Workshop on December 9-10, 2014 in Detroit, MI. For more information and to register, please visit the event page.

Municipal Advisory Council of Michigan - Annual Fall Conference on Dec. 9

The Municipal Advisory Council of Michigan will have their 2014 Fall Conference on Tuesday, December 9 at the VisTa Tech Center, Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI at 3:00 pm, followed by a reception. Eric Lupher and Craig Thiel from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan will discuss their recent work on school finance and state revenue sharing, and introduce an update of CRC's Survey of Economic Development Programs.

There is no cost to attend, but please register ahead. Register to attend at 313-963-0420 or by e-mail at

2015 GFOA Scholarship Information

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) will administer four scholarship programs that are available for award in the Spring of 2015.  GFOA seeks your assistance in promoting these scholarships in your province or state. 

All of these programs are intended to benefit students planning to pursue careers in state and local government finance.  The submission deadline for applications for the 2015 awards is February 20, 2015.  Following are brief descriptions of each of the scholarships:

The Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship of $12,000 is for graduate students in public finance who are enrolled in a full-time master’s program.  Funded by the Girard Miller Foundation. Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster

The Frank L. Greathouse Governmental Accounting Scholarship of $7,000 (each award) is available for award to two undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full time in an accounting program (an undergraduate student must be in the process of completing at least their junior year by the time of the scholarship award). Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster

The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship of $7,000 is for upper-division undergraduate or graduate students of public administration, accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration (with a special focus on government or nonprofit management).  To be eligible for this award students must belong to one of the following groups (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Asian. Funded by Tyler Technologies. Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster

The Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship of $7,000 (each award) is available for four employees of a state or local government enrolled in part-time graduate study preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster

2014 Fall Training Institute Handouts

Handouts from the 2014 Fall Training Institute can be found on the event page.

Policies & Procedures for Key Financial Functions

The MGFOA Accounting Standards Committee has developed policies and recommended procedures for use in your community.  The policies cover key financial functions, including: 

Budgeting Fund Balance
Capital Assets Grants Management
Cash Management       Investments
Debt Management Payroll & Expense Reimbursement
Ethics Purchasing
Financial Reporting  

While each document was created and reviewed by members of the Committee, it is important to note that these documents are not a ‘one size fits all’ solution.  Finance officials seeking to use these documents should consult their respective government agency’s charter as well as their agency’s legal counsel.

Please visit the RESOURCES page of the site to view the documents.

If you would like to suggest any changes to these documents, please email the Standards Committee via Joe Heffernan.

GFOA Training Seminar Series in Chicago, November 13-21

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) invites you to participate in a series of training seminars on November 13-21, 2014, at GFOA's offices in Chicago, Illinois. Join GFOA for one or more of the following courses:

The GFOA training programs provide the best educational opportunities available in the field of government finance. Complete details are available here.

Moody's Investors Service Article on Detroit Bankruptcy

Detroit Bankruptcy May Change How Other Distressed Cities Approach Their Pension and Debt Obligations. Full article here.

MGFOA Committee Membership

The MGFOA Board is accepting application for members to volunteer to serve on various Committees

This is your opportunity to get involved and grow with the organization by serving and contributing your knowledge to a committee.

Click here to complete the Committee Membership Application.

MI Department of Treasury Deficit Elimination Plan Requirements

Click here for the document.

Dashboard and Citizen Guide templates at Dept of Treasury

Follow this LINK.

Michigan Department of Treasury and EVIP Administration

Follow this LINK.

FREE: State of Michigan's Local Government Records Management training is now available online

Follow this link.

Membership Information

Membership Information

Board of Directors '14 - '15

Executive Director
Bob Hertel
Ed Sell
Finance Director
City of Monroe
Board Assignment:
  • Policies, Bylaws, and Ethics
VP / Secretary
Christa McLellan
Deputy Treasurer - Financial Services
Wayne County Treasurers Office
Board Assignment:
  • Mentoring/Membership
Catherine McClary
Washtenaw County Treasurer
Washtenaw County Treasurer
Board Assignment:
  • Legislative Committee
Immediate Past President
Tom Skrobola
Director of Management Services/CFO
City of Kalamazoo
Board Assignment:
  • Nominations
  • Strategic Planning
Associate Director
Ben Stone
Vice President, Relationship Manager
Flagstar Bank
Board Assignment:
  • Spring Conference
  • Golf Outing
  • Professional Development
Associate Director
Beth Bialy
Plante & Moran, PLLC
Board Assignment:
  • Fall Conference
  • Michigan Brunch
  • Mentoring/Membership
Board Member
Ed Bradford
City of Manistee
Board Assignment:
  • Spring Conference
  • Golf Outing
  • Technology
Board Member
Tom Darling
Director of Financial Services
City of Troy
Board Assignment:
  • Spring Conference
  • Accounting Standards
Board Member
Tamar Lewis
Accounting Coordinator
City of Flint, Finance Department
Board Assignment:
  • Fall Conference
  • Professional Development
Board Member
Steve Adair
Finance Director & Treasurer
City of Center Line
Board Assignment:
  • Fall Conference
  • Legislative Committee