20th Annual KSGFOA Public Finance Conference

The Kansas Government Finance Officers Association is pleased to present a series of workshops for those involved in the financial affairs of municipalities, counties, schools, state agencies, utilities and special authorities.

To see the 2019 Conference Photo Gallery, Click Here 

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners 

The purpose of the Lifetime Achievement Award is to recognize an individual’s achievements in outstanding leadership in public finance over the course of their career.

Dave Scott, Chief Financial Officer, City of Overland Park

Jill Grube, Assistant Chief Financial Officer, City of Lenexa

Innovation Award Winner

The Innovation Award is designed to recognize and promote creative public finance initiatives and projects that provide innovative and creative solutions to address organizational and community challenges.

Natalie Morrison, Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, WaterOne
Award Submission: Natalie developed a billing impact statement which provided clarification for customers on how a rate change would impact them directly. This is unique to the industry. This consumption analysis provided the data required to take a deeper dive into an affordability analysis. 

Click here to see the 2019 Affordability Document

Click here to see the Bill Impact Document

Scholarship Recipients 

The following finance professionals were awarded a KSGFOA scholarship, and attended the annual conference for the first time: 
  • Devin Tally, Senior Accountant, City of Fort Scott
  • Jessra Snyder, Deputy Finance Director, City of Bonner Springs
  • Beth Beavers, Budget Analyst, Finney County
  • Andrea Parra, Deputy Treasurer, Unified Government of Wyandotte County
  • Stacy Jaramillo, Public Service Administrator, Kansas Department of Administration, Municipal Services

2019 Conference Schedule 

Wednesday, October 9th                         

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  | Pre-Conference Session: "All the Queen's Horses" video and facilitated discussion

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.  | Check-In and Conference Registration

Thursday, October 10th           

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. | Registration and Breakfast

8:00- 9:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation: Living and Leaving a Local Government Legacy - Mike Conduff, president/CEO of The Elim Group
For KSGFOA Mike will share some of his Local Government Life Lessons including The Leadership and Legacy component of public service, The Success Skills of Public Servants and The Importance of Community Engagement on important topics like our annual budgets. 

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

Option 1: Infrastructure Funding in the New Budget Environment - Michael Thomas, Government Finance Officers Association
Building & maintaining infrastructure is a key function of local government. Although the municipal bond is a sturdy foundation for infrastructure capital, the current budget environment requires relying on new sources of funds to maintain communities. What are local finance officers making work today? 

Option 2: Internal Control for Payroll - Tracy Arner, Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia

11:00 - 11:30 | Vendor Fair

11:30 - 1:40 p.m. | Lunch: Business Meeting/Legislative Update - Dr. Stuart Little, Little Government Relations, LLC 

1:50 - 2:50 p.m. | General Session: Values Based Code of Ethics - Michele Mark Levine, Government Finance Officers Association

3:00 - 3:50 p.m. | Breakout Sessions 3 and 4

Option 3: GASB Update - Michele Mark Levine, Government Finance Officers Association

Option 4: Buried Danger: ID Red Flags in Contruction Projects - Shauna Woody-Coussens, BKD CPAs and Advisors

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | General Session: Threat of Large Decreases in Taxes - Dr. Chris Kuehl, Armada Corporate Intelligence

5:15 - 6:30 p.m. | Social & Vendor Reception

Friday, October 11th                 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast and Vendors

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. |  General Session: Succession & Workforce Planning in the Government Sector - Steven Mermelstein, RSM
Silver tsunami, brain drain, workforce cliff – these are all terms that have been used to describe the number of baby boomers in the government workforce at or near retirement age and who will soon be exiting. As a result, many will be taking years of valued leadership, knowledge and experience with them. Many governmental organizations have decided to proactively address the issue, while others react and scramble to mitigate critical losses.  

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. | Breakout Sessions 5 & 6

Option 1: Data Privacy - Rex Johnson, BKD CPAs and Advisors

Option 2: Financial Wins from Utility Asset Management - Dr. Brian Bohnsack & Nicholas Willis, WSU Environmental Finance Center

11:00 - 12:30 p.m. | Keynote Presentation: The Spirit of Public Service - Carol Gonzales, Mid-America Regional Council
Carol will draw from her personal and professional experience to describe the core tenets of public service, why the work we do is so important and offer answers for why we all keep coming back for more! 



Conference Contact

Paula Downs
Staff Support, KSGFOA
Wichita State University Public Policy and Management Center
(316) 978-6678