Member Spotlight: Kenton Tsoodle

Kenton Tsoodle is the assistant finance director for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He helps to manage all aspects of the department including accounting, treasury, budget, procurement, and risk management. He is also the primary contact for the city’s debt management program as well as the lead for the city’s financial technology system.

Tsoodle joined GFOA in 2008 and has been very active. “Early in my career, GFOA was always the first resource I sought out for best practices. I attended several training classes that were outstanding and informative. I used several of the publications to help me learn about government finance and was hooked,” he said.

Tsoodle is currently vice-chair of the Committee on Governmental Debt Management, a member of the Executive Board Nominating Committee, and a certified public finance officer. He has taught classes for GFOA and been a presenter at the annual conference.

Tsoodle says his top career achievement is helping Oklahoma City continue to implement good financial practices that have helped the city achieve and maintain a AAA bond rating. As far as career surprises, Tsoodle said, it is all about learning. “I started in local government in what I thought was a short-term stop in the budget office, then moved to treasury, then finance administration, and here I am, 15 years later! I’ve had the fortune to work on so many different projects, and thinking back, I had no idea what all happened at local government before I worked here.”

Outside of work, Tsoodle enjoys coaching his kids in soccer and basketball. He also enjoys reading and attending concerts and sporting events.