City of Dalhart receives highest award
By Robin Scott
Annette Melius, Finance Director for the City of Dalhart, recently accepted an award for excellence in financial reporting on behalf of the city and its employees. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) was awarded to the City of Dalhart by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
The GFOA’s Awards for Excellence in Government Finance recognize contributions to the practice of government finance that exemplify outstanding financial management. The awards stress practical, documented work that offers leadership to the profession and promotes improved public finance. Eight criteria are examined when considering an application for the award: local significance and value, technical significance, transferability, documentation, the cost/benefit analysis, efficiency, originality, and durability.
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. According to the GFOA, “Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.” Melius, who has been the Finance Director for the city for the past seven years stated, “The award was presented to me, but it would not be fair to say that I earned the award. It is earned by everyone in the city because if they all don’t do their jobs properly then we couldn’t have received the award.” All of the city’s department heads are responsible for their department’s numbers. Melius noted, “Anyone who is responsible for numbers has to do their jobs right, and they did.”
Melius also credited city management for the success of financial reporting. She stated, “It is all about management, and Greg Duggan, who is the manager, sets the high standard that we all follow. It really is to the credit of all of those people. It takes everybody to be involved in the daily operations for us all to do it right.”
Melius is a native of Germany. She met and married her husband, Allyn, while he was on a tour of duty with the Army. Both of their boys, Danny and Jeremy, were born in Germany. The family then moved to Massachusetts for six years. When Allyn was nearly ready to retire from the Army, Annette and the boys moved to Dalhart where Allyn was born and raised. Six months later he joined the family. Both boys graduated from Dalhart High School, Danny in 2003 and Jeremy in 2004. The Melius’ have one grandson, Titus.
The award-winning CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to determine if it qualified and met the standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
The GFOA is a non-profit professional organization serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with office in Chicago and Washington D.C. For more information, visit www.gfoa.org.