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Yelm touts Government Finance Officers Assn. (GFOA) award,
Yet omits crediting the work of former Finance Director Joe Wolfe!


“City of Yelm Honored with Distinguished Budget Award for Exceptional Budget Document”

  • Editor’s note: We owe a great deal of gratitude for the professionalism and upgrades that former Finance Director Joe Wolfe brought to the Finance Department’s improvements. The lack of recognition was astonishing by Mayor Foster and City Administrator Grayum in giving credit where credit is due! The city’s loss of Wolfe was the Thurston County Auditor’s Office gain, where he is now employed.
  • From the City of Yelm news release:

The City of Yelm was recently awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for an exceptional budget document, marking the second year in a row that the City achieved this honor.

The City first received the Distinguished Budget Award for the 2018 budget after developing a new format with narrative, charts and graphs to provide context that made it easy to access and understand. It also included the City’s first financial policies and prioritized funds to hire additional police officers, a development review engineer, construct new sidewalks to keep kids safe, and invest more resources to care for our parks and aging infrastructure. The first award-winning budget was passed with only one dissenting vote.

The award represents a significant achievement by the City and reflects the commitment of the staff members and governing body to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.”

In order to receive the budget award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines to assess how effectively the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories to receive the award. Read more

  • Editor’s note: For City of Yelm leaders to continue to omit crediting Joe Wolfe for 2018-2019 Finance Department accolades is pathetic! Though Wolfe received a complaint filed by a city employee, the city’s independent investigator found the situation “inconclusive,” yet city management suggested to Wolfe he resign. Read more

Posted by Steve on January 30, 2020 at 12:05 am | Permalink

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