Sedgwick County’s finance staff wins awards

Not everyone has a master’s degree in accounting, Sedgwick County’s chief financial officer pointed out this week when lauding his staff for developing an easy-to-understand finance report for public consumption that has landed an award.

Sedgwick County is the only government in Kansas to win the Government Finance Officers Association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting. About 160 governments nationwide and in Kansas won the award in 2006.

The county’s 2007 report was the first time the county prepared a public-focused financial scorecard. Chief financial officer Chris Chronis praised county employees Sara Jantz, Brandi Bailey and Pam Kelly for their work.

The county’s regular, more detail-oriented financial report also won an award from the group, the 27th consecutive time. Chronis commended county employees Troy Bruun and Anne Smarsh for their report.