For the 24th consecutive year, the Forest Preserve District of Will County earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from an international professional association.
The Government Finance Officers Association gave the district the award for its comprehensive annual financial report, according to a news release.
“This award is an honor and great recognition of the hard work and dedication that our finance department staff members put into their jobs all year long and especially during the annual audit process,” said Matt Pehle, the Forest Preserve District’s chief financial officer.
“Although I am new to the Forest Preserve, I used to work as an independent auditor and know the hard work and time that goes into receiving this award,” he said.
Pehle added that the award marks the forest preserve’s financial statement as being of the highest quality and transparency for the users and residents of the district.
“Being able to achieve this for 24 years in a row is a remarkable accomplishment,” Pehle said.
“In my short time here,” Pehle said, “I have seen the pride the finance department employees take in their work, and I am excited to be a part of the team as we look forward to going for our 25th in a row with this year’s audit.” Pehle said.
The award was for the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31, 2018.
“The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of a governmental accounting and financial reporting,” according to a news release from the GFOA.