Public Announcements

CGFOA Announces Slate of Nominees for 2021 Board - Vote Needed!

Oct. 7, 2020

The Colorado Government Finance Officers Association is pleased to submit a slate of 2021 nominees for your review and ratification.  

During this year of extraordinary challenges CGFOA was faced with an additional challenge in the process of recruiting for Board member nominations.  In spite of that, we are very pleased to have a prior Board member returning as the nominee for Vice President along with a current Board member who was excited about serving a second term.  In addition, we have two long-standing CGFOA members who are ready to serve as Treasurer and a Board member.  The CGFOA leadership is confident that the nominees along with the remaining Board members will serve this organization with excellence and honor. 

We also want to wish a heartfelt thank you to the three individuals leaving their service at the end of 2020.  Lore Nusser has served CGFOA as Vice President, President and Past President for the past three years.  We will miss her guidance and abilities to “think outside the box”.  Sherri Young has served as the CGFOA Treasurer for the past two years – a challenging role for which we benefited from her attention to detail, diligence, and considered recommendations, and we will miss having her on the board.  Debbie Murray also leaves her position as a board member.  She has served thoughtfully for many years and we hope she will find ways to continue to be involved.  Thank you, Lore, Sherri, and Debbie for your years of service to CGFOA. 

Below is information on each of the outstanding nominees for the 2021 Board of Directors.  Please review the information and later today you will receive a ballot form asking you to ratify the slate of officers.

Thank you! 
Catrina Asher
CGFOA 2020 Vice President

Vice President
Name:  Marlin McDaniel
Title:  Innovation Program Manager
Entity:  Jefferson County
Why are you running for the CGFOA Board:

  • As a board member, my focus will be on building organizational resilience. Over the next few years, CGFOA will be faced with continued financial and operational challenges from 1) COVID and 2) the quickly approaching retirement of our outstanding administrator, Kathy. As a board member my priority will be to 1) create and manage a succession plan, 2) evaluate internal business processes and innovate where appropriate, and 3) bring new talented and members into the fold. CGFOA is made up of the best and brightest – I want to see your efforts and awesome responsibilities as government finance officers supported by CGFOA’s service to you.

Historical involvement with CGFOA:

  • In 2020 I served as the Project Manager where I led the upgrade of our association’s management system. This upgrade modernized the way CGFOA does business and reduced CGFOA’s annual overhead costs. 
  • From 2018-2020 supported CGFOA as a Board Member. Working to create budget efficiencies was important, so as a Board Member I brought to the board a priority of using technology to streamline business processes. The upgrade of our association management system resulted in approximately $20,000 of savings per year.
  • From 2017-2019, I worked with the education committee to identify and moderate high-impact sessions for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 annual conferences


Name:  Jill Johnson, CPA, CPFO
Title:  Finance Director
Entity: Town of Lyons
Why are you running for the CGFOA Board:
I believe the association has an important role for smaller governments regarding training and networking. Small governments have all the same requirements as larger governments but have limited resources; the CGFOA programs and members are so helpful in providing knowledge. I believe the next several years will be challenging for the organization, not only from a financial standpoint with pandemic issues, but also with changes coming from GASB. I want to be a part of the organization to represent the views and needs of smaller members. 

Historical Involvement with CGFOA:
I became a member of CGFOA approximately 9 years ago when I worked for the City of Lafayette. Throughout my career in government, and several employers, I have continued to support the education of the organization. I have helped plan and organize annual education classes in addition to moderating conference courses. I am the co-chair for the technical issues committee and have worked with the committee to review and comment, on the organization’s behalf, several GASB pronouncements. I look forward to continuing to support the organization into the future.

Board Member
Name:  Theresa Fox
Title:   General Accounting Manager
Entity:  Adams County Government
Why are you running for the CGFOA Board:
As a current CGFOA member, I believe in the meaningful education, information and support our organization provides our members. Our membership is evolving as we use technology to talk, share ideas, and provide education and networking opportunities on so many different platforms. These are exciting times! That being said, I am proud to be a member and choose at this time to provide service by participating as Board Member.

Historical involvement with CGFOA:
CGFOA member for several years

Volunteer – provide assistance during summer and annual conferences (workshop monitor)

Volunteer – participated as a Panel Expert for ERP implementations

Volunteer – 2020 for Education and Budget Committees

Attend annual organizational meetings (January – Education), (Conference Board meetings)

  Brandy Zink   
Title:  Sales Tax Auditor
Entity:  Town of Parker
Why are you running for the CGFOA Board:
My experience serving on the Board these past two years has been both challenging and rewarding.  We’ve spent the greater part of 2020 learning to be flexible and creative as we discovered innovative ways to continue reaching our members amidst an ever-changing COVID-19 environment.  As a team, we have successfully navigated budgeting demands and a web platform transition.  We worked to revitalize our sponsorship opportunities to ensure that our associate members were being well served in their efforts to support CGFOA and 2020 will include the first ever 100% virtual conference.  Still, I feel as though I’m just getting started and am prepared to ride this momentum into 2021 and 2022!

Two years pass in the blink of an eye!  As a new board member, the majority of the first year is spent learning the intricacies of the organization.  Each position requires its own period of acclimation to processes and procedures, and an understanding of historical knowledge.  If elected to serve a second term, I’d not only continue my efforts to foster membership participation, but also work to create a program to aid in the transition of incoming board members.  I’m proud to be part of an organization that encourages participation at all levels by people from various governmental finance backgrounds.  By creating a positive and informative introduction to service as a board member, we can continue to fill our executive positions with fresh perspectives and energized leaders. 

Historical involvement with CGFOA:
I have been an active member of CGFOA since 2012 and have served on both the CTAC and CGFOA Education Committees.  I served as CTAC Co-chair in both 2017 and 2018 and as Director in 2019 and 2020. I’ve attended numerous board meetings, training events and the annual conference each year.  I’ve planned workshops, served as a presenter at workshops and trainings and acted as both moderator and speaker at several annual conference sessions. 


CGFOA Virtual Conference Program Set and Registration is OPEN!

Sep. 10, 2020

The CGFOA Board is pleased to announce that registration for the 2020 Virtual Conference will open this week (sponsorship has already opened)!  The conference will run from Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 19.   Veteran’s Day and Fridays will not include any programming.   There will be 3 – 4 sessions each day, offering up to 20 CPE credits. We will also host the CGFOA Annual Business meeting and a virtual happy hour!  We are offering our Gold Sponsors a 30-minute Zoom session during lunch time which they can use to interact with members and hold raffles if they choose to. Please consider registering for those in a show of support and thanks for our Gold Sponsors who are supporting CGFOA in 2020!   

Conference Program PDF

Attendee Registration Information:

Conference Registration Fees:

CGFOA Members: $149.00
Non-members: $199.00
Speaker discount: $25.00
Speaker (member or not) for their session only: $0.00
Sponsor attendee (included in sponsor registration package):  $0.00
Business Meeting Attendance only: $0.00 (there will be a separate registration for this meeting outside of the conference for those who will only attend the Business Meeting)

Registration for the conference gives you access to any and all sessions! The registration fee allows you to attend as many or as few as you’d like. If you are not a current member of CGFOA, this is a great time to join to get the conference discount! Pre-registration for ALL sessions is required so that you get the links to attend the sessions. You will not be able to add sessions at the last minute, so please register for all sessions you wish to attend.

We understand that the process is different and requires more careful consideration than in the past.  Please take the time to review the program and choose your sessions ahead of time and reach out with questions.

Attendees Register Here

Sponsorship Registration Information: 

Gold Sponsors: $1500.00

  • 4 Conference attendees
  • 30-minute Zoom Conference session with attendees
  • Email to Members (sent by CGFOA from our platform)
  • Logo on website

Silver Sponsors: $1000.00

  • 3 Conference attendees
  • Email to Members (sent by CGFOA from our platform)
  • Logo on website

Bronze Sponsors: $ 300.00

  • 1 Conference attendee
  • Logo on website

Sponsors Register Here

Our current sponsors include (Thank you!):

Gold Sponsors:
Tyler Technologies
Wells Fargo

Silver Sponsors:
US Bank

Bronze Sponsors:
Butler Snow

If you are already a sponsor, you will need to register your attendees, including choosing the sessions each person plans to attend.  Sponsors should gather attendee and speaker information before registering, please.  As you gather your attendee information, remember:

  • You receive a specified number of free attendees with your sponsorship (Gold is 4, Silver is 3, Bronze is 1). The free registrations do not need to be CGFOA members.  You may want to register your non-members as the free attendees and use the member discount to register additional attendees.
  • Speakers receive a discount or may register for their session only at no cost. You may include your speaker as one of your free registrations if you prefer. 

CGFOA Golf Tournament Canceled

Sep. 2, 2020

The 2020 Annual CGFOA Golf Tournament has been canceled.   Sponsorships already paid will roll over to 2021 unless you contact Kathy Velzen for a refund.  Mark your calaendars now - the 2021 Tournamnt will be held on May 21 at Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville, CO. Thank you for your continuing support of CGFOA!

2020 CGFOA Annual Conference will be held ONLINE

Jun. 26, 2020

A few weeks ago, we sent the membership a survey about future training and our annual conference in November. We heard back from more than 175 of you! This is a significant turnout for a survey and your responses were very helpful to the Board in making decisions about training opportunities. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas!

Survey Results

The results told us very clearly that the majority of our members across all entity types have seen their organization’s training budgets cut and/or have imposed challenging restrictions on the types of training their organizations will support. The majority of members would not be able to (or would not choose to) attend an in person conference. Alternatively, the majority would be interested in some form of online learning or conference in place of in person training.

2020 Conference Update

Based on the information in the survey, the Board has decided that the 2020 Conference will be held ONLINE. This will be a conference format with a single registration fee that will allow attendees to participate in a number of sessions over a period of several weeks, including some social events. The details will be worked out over the next few months and we'll keep the membership and sponsors informed as we go.

How we made this decision, and why

We all enjoy the social aspects of an in person conference, which made this a difficult decision. Here’s what we considered:


The financial feasibility of our conference is dependent on attendee numbers for both members and sponsors. The survey results told us clearly that the numbers wouldn’t add up this year. 

Timing of this decision

Some responses asked about timing and why the decision is being made now. By making the decision early, CGFOA will not incur any cancellation fees with our host sites in Grand Junction. Our deposits will be applied to our 2022 Conference which will be held in Grand Junction. Additionally, making this decision now allows us more time to work on creating a meaningful online experience this fall.

Here's what you need to know

Speakers/ Moderators 

The Education Committee will be reaching out to moderators and speakers over next month with information about the online schedule. Please continue working with speakers and confirm if they are interested/able to teach their session online. 


We are working on ideas for how sponsorship of an online conference may look, including opportunities for sponsors to interact with members. We will reach out next month with more information and in the meantime, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. We appreciate your support and all you do for our members!


Keep your membership active/renewed so you hear about conference updates in Footnotes and through email announcements. We will share conference registration information this fall around September, as usual.

Current training

A number of sessions are available online at very affordable rates, including a July Mini-Conference that will happen in place of our usual our Western Slope Training Day. When you sign up for all sessions, you’ll also be included in the networking lunch via Zoom. We are also working on scheduling additional sessions, including Ethics.

Register for current sessions online at


These are interesting times, and we aim to stay nimble and continue providing education and networking opportunities in this new environment. We appreciate you all staying flexible as we continue to navigate ways to keep you informed and connected.

18-Month Delay for GASB Leases; One Year for All Other Statements

Jun. 10, 2020

In response to the challenges arising from COVID-19, on May 7, 2020, GASB approved Statement 95,

Postponement of the Effective Dates of Certain Authoritative Guidance. While the proposal included an extra year

to implement all guidance, GASB, in a unanimous vote, approved an 18-month postponement for Statement 87,

Leases. All statements and implementation guides with a current effective date of reporting periods beginning

after June 15, 2018, and later will have a one-year postponement. This change is effective immediately.

In addition, GASB posted a toolbox on its website to assist governments to identify the guidance to address COVID-

19-related issues. Topics covered include impairment, contingencies and revenue and expense recognition. GASB

also has extended comment period deadlines on outstanding exposure drafts and is rescheduling previously

planned public hearings to the second half of 2020. Future statements finalized will include additional time for




CARES Act Funds Distribution Committee

Jun. 4, 2020

A few weeks ago, CGFOA was asked to have two representatives be part of a DoLA Review Committee.

Purpose of the Review Committee: 

  • Analyze short and long term COVID fiscal impact and funding needs;  
  • Determine and review COVID related direct and indirect state and federal funding resources to support local governments fiscal recovery needs;
  • Recommend a funding formula or process for possible distribution of CARES Act funds to other local governments including special districts; and 
  • Provide feedback and input to OSPB on the state’s fiscal and budget reduction plans which will have impact on local governments


Review Committee Membership:

  • Two members from each of the local government associations: CML, CCI, SDA and CCAT. Two members from CCCMA and CGFOA 
  • Co-Chairs: DOLA, Rick Garcia, Governor's Office Cary Kennedy
  • Review Committee may establish topical subcommittees for further due diligence


Special thanks to CGFOA Board Members Mike Varnet, Pikes Peak Library District, and Glenda Aragon West Metro Fire Protection District who stepped up to be part of that committee!  After being part of the committee meeting, Mike and Glenda drafted a letter to DoLA recommending an approach to the distribution allocation methodology for the funds available through the CARES Act.  It looks like that letter has had a positive affect and we wanted to share it with all friends of CGFOA.

Here is the letter:

May 28, 2020


Rick Garcia, Executive Director

Cary Kennedy, Sr Advisor

Division of Local Government

1313 Sheman St. Rm 521

Denver, CO  80203


Dear Mr. Garcia & Ms. Kennedy,


Thank you for giving the Colorado Government Finance Officers Association (CGFOA) the opportunity to participate in the discussions regarding distribution allocation methodology for the funds available through the CARES Act.  The CGFOA Board has discussed possible distribution allocation methods and would like the State of Colorado Division of Local Affairs (DOLA) team to consider the following methodology:


Subject to ~$400MM Distribution

  • DOLA directly administers the funding distribution.


  • Distribution of funds would be based on direct expenses related to COVID-19, and not be based on population. Population would only be a method of pooled funding availability by county.


  • Consider Municipalities and Special Districts to receive funds directly from DOLA that are in the “Big five” boundaries that received little or no funding from their respective counties.


The recommendations above were developed by taking into consideration the smaller local governments with a transient population and those with operations that would be more heavily impacted, like police, fire, and ambulance services. We also considered those municipalities, counties and special districts that have been impacted with little to no recovery from county, state, and federal funding resources.

The Board wants to reiterate the importance of an immediate disbursement with no political restrictions as initially proposed by the DOLA committee. A simple distribution based on need/impact throughout the entire state would be in the best interest for the citizens we serve.

Thank you for your consideration.

Colorado Government Finance Officers Association

Glenda Aragon, CGFOA Board Member

Finance Director, West Metro Fire Rescue

Michael Varnet, CGFOA Board Member

CFO, Pikes Peak Library District


New Website Feature - Job Opportunities

May. 7, 2020

As promised, we are sharing with you the new features available on our website. This next feature is on Job Opportunities! In the past, requests to post jobs were sent directly to Kathy. With this new technology, members are able to post jobs directly on the site!

Where are Job Opportunities listed?

When you visit our website at, you’ll see a link for Job Opportunities in the navigation menu on the left side of your screen. 

Who can see Job Opportunities?

Posted Job Opportunities are visible to anyone who visits are site. Users do not have to be logged in to see posted Job Opportunities.

Who can post a Job Opportunity?

Any active, logged in member can post a Job Opportunity. Other than your membership fee, there is no cost for posting Job Opportunities on our website. The Job Opportunities list is intended for Government Member organizations only.

How do I post a Job Opportunity?

To post a Job Opportunity, log in and click on Job Opportunities. You’ll see a list of open positions. At the top of the screen is a button called “Submit an Ad”. When you click this, you’ll be brought to a short form which you can complete. We recommend you include a link to the job posting in the details section of the form. While the person making the posting must be an active member, you can list another person as the contact (for instance, a member of your HR team).  Once you are done, click submit.

After your posting is submitted, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Job Opportunities are reviewed prior to posting, so please allow up to three days for review. All Job Opportunities are archived after 2 months. If you would like your posting removed sooner, please reach out to Kathy at [email protected].

CGFOA Member Forums

Apr. 17, 2020

The launch of our new website has brought us a number of new opportunities for using technology to network and share information. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sending emails highlighting these new features and how you, as members, can use them. This first feature will cover the new Member Forums!

What is a Forum?

A Forum is a conversation string that can involve any active member and any topic. Forums are good places to ask questions and share information, similar to how a Listserv is used.

What Forums are available?

Our website has four Forum Categories established, which include Finance Officers, CTAC, COVID-19, and Associate Resources. The purpose, use and restrictions of each Forum is described on the website. Note that not all Forums are available all members. Review Forum descriptions for information. Each Forum can contain multiple threads, which are conversations/postings from members on various topics.

How do I use Forums?

In order to see and/or comment on a Forum, you must be logged in as an active member. To do this this, go to and click “Login”. Once logged in, go to the Member Area on the left and select Member Forums. You will then see the Member Forums that are available to you.

Within each Forum Category, you can see active Forum threads and subscribe to those threads so that you are notified of new posts. While users are not able to create Forum categories, you do have the ability to create a thread within a category. For instance, you could create a thread in the COVID-19 Forum Category asking others how they are tracking emergency costs, or you could create a thread in the Finance Officers Forum Category asking for advice on implementing GASB 84.

Why should I use Forums?

Our best resource is each other,  and Forums allow us to connect on issues that we care about. The more people subscribing to Forums, the better information we’ll be able to gather from each other. We hope you visit the new webpage and explore this new feature!

If you are unable to login to the members section it means your membership is expired.   You'll need to renew (if your membership has been expired for less than 90 days) or join if your membership expired more than 90 days ago in order to access this feature!  Renew or Join today!

GFOA Analysis of the 3rd Stimulus Bill

Mar. 30, 2020 

Colorado COVID Relief Fund - Colorado Health Foundation

Mar. 30, 2020

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund allocates funding across Colorado to eligible community-based organizations. Eligible community-based organizations working on COVID-19 prevention, impact and recovery may receive unrestricted general operating grants of up to $25,000. There are currently five grant application deadlines, contingent upon funding availability: April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16 and May 30. Check out the eligibility criteria and watch this step-by-step application guide.