News and Updates

Congratulations Back to Basics Graduates

Below is a list of Back to Basics graduates who were honored at the 2015 Spring Seminar.  Those in attendance are pictured.

Congratulations graduates!

Back to Basics Grads

First Name Last Name Organization
Constance Bommarito City of Auburn Hills
Beth Bowen City of Rochester Hills
Deb Brunett City of Cedar Springs
Frank Bruni Livingston County
Nnamdi Dike Allegan County
Tom  Eldridge City of Coldwater
Cristen Gignac Bay County
Faythe Gillespie City of Grand Haven
Tina Glenn City of Ann Arbor
Mary Jaganjac City of Walled Lake
Catherine Kristian Charter Township of Highland
Craig LaVigne City of Ann Arbor
Amy LaVoie Charter Township of Highland
April Lynch City of Ferndale
Maria Mancos Downriver Community Conference
Brian McCarthy City of Monroe
Autumn Morgan Allegan County
Colleen Moser Village of Pentwater
Shawn Murphy City of Grosse Pointe Woods
Jennifer Osterhoudt City of Rochester Hills
Leah Parks Ford Motor Company
Brian Pesis Plante & Moran, PLLC
Julie Pray City of Davison
Meredith Rogers City of Three Rivers
Gavin Sheridan City of Dearborn
Marilyn Stamper City of Wixom
Jason Theis Charter Township of Bloomfield    
Julie VanderWiere Charter Township of Texas

Passing of Past President and Honorary Life Member
Michael O'Connell

OConnellIt is with a heavy heart that the MGFOA extends condolences to the family of Michael O'Connell.  Mike passed away Thursday, January 29th from complications of a heart attack he suffered on January 19th. Mike was an MGFOA Past President and recent Honorary Life Member.  While we may miss his physical presence dearly, his warm demeanor and strength will live in our hearts forever.
Mike worked at the City of Dearborn for many years.  He left Dearborn in the early 1990s after 25 years of service and went on to the City of Monroe, then Wayne County and until recently, the Monroe County Road Commission. Mike was intelligent, ambitious and committed to his work and family.  We were all impressed with his personal growth and sense of humor.
The memorial service for Mike O'Connell was held Sunday,
February 8, 2015

Memorials can be sent to to the US JCI Senate Foundation Treasurer Pat Holbert.  Checks can made out to US JCI Senate Foundation and a note that it is for the Mike O’Connell Memorial.
JCI Senate Foundation
Pat Holbert #55454
4918 S 24th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85041-2958
Cards may be sent to
Mrs. Kathy O'Connell & Family
308 Avenue de Lafayette
Monroe, MI 48162

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.

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.

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

Executive Director
Bob Hertel