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We’ve done it again! Clayton's Finance Department has won the industry's highest award for the 16th year in a row.

Awards hanging on the wall​The Department's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for last fiscal year has been awarded a "Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting" by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States (GFOA). It's the organization's top honor and the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by the Town and its management. The previous 15 reports won the high honor, too.

The CAFR is produced to provide the Mayor, Town Council, Town staff, residents, bondholders and the general public with useful information about the Town of Clayton's operations and financial position. We go well above and beyond the minimum accounting standards to make sure the work of our town is transparent and fully disclosed to taxpayers.

"The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management," the Association said in a statement announcing the honor.

Clayton Finance Director Robert McKieClayton Finance Director Robert McKie has helped Clayton take home the award for eight-straight years – which ties him with Deputy Town Manager Nancy Medlin, who also won the award eight years in a row when she served as finance director.

"For me, the award is an accolade that represents a great accomplishment," McKie said. "I’m honored to carry on tradition."

Would you like to check out this award-winning documents for yourself? Head to our Annual Reports & Budgets page.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.  The purpose of the GFOA is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments for the public benefit by identifying and developing financial policies and best practices and promoting their use through education, training, facilitation of member networking, and leadership.

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