Ivie earns certification

FOREST PARK — Assistant Finance Director Regina Ivie has earned local finance officer certification in the fourth quarter of 2013 through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s financial management training program.

Ivie was recognized with Level I certification for pursuing professional development in governmental finance, accounting and budgeting, among other related fields. Level I certification requires finance officers to participate in 108 hours of instruction about the intricacies of government budgeting, purchasing, accounting and other public finance topics.

Ivie was among nine other officials from around the state who earned their Level I or Level II local finance officer certification in the fourth quarter through the Institute of Government.

Tracy Arner, the Institute’s financial management training program manager, applauded their efforts.

“These community leaders strengthened the skills they need to maintain sound accounting practices and build strong financial foundations for their governments,” Arner said.

Since the program’s inception in 1972, more than 1,200 local finance officers and others have graduated with certificates, and almost 3,000 have received training. The Institute also works with state financial officers through the state financial management program.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia that conducts training, technical assistance and applied research to help state and local governments operate efficiently and effectively and provide improved service to the public.