Larry Yium, CPFO

Title: 
Director of Planning and Research (retired)
Organization: 
Houston Police Department
Bio: 

Larry Yium was been part of the senior command staff of the Houston Police Department for over twenty- five years; making him the longest serving member in that role. He retired in 2017 as the Director of Planning and Research for the department, which entailed administering the strategic long-range planning, research, performance reporting, program/policy development, supply, logistical emergency preparations, and certain other administrative functions for the department. Previously, he served as either the Chief Financial Officer or Chief Administrative Officer for the largest operations in the City of Houston-the Water & Sewer Utilities, Capital Projects, Public Works, and the Houston Police Department. He has previous experience also with the cities of Dallas and Denton, Texas. In his various job assignments, he has served in diverse public sector environments such as a city manager’s office, finance, public works, water and sewer utilities, customer service, code enforcement, and public safety. Currently, Mr. Yium is a trainer and a consultant on public finance and public safety issues.

He holds the certifications of Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO). Besides being a long-time member in the Government Finance Officer Association, he is also a member of Association of Government Accountants and International Association of Chiefs of Police.  In addition, he had chaired the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Financial Management Group for over 15 years, until his retirement. He was a long-time reviewer of GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Award, and he is currently a subject matter expert for the CGFM certification exam. He has spoken or conducted training before numerous professional and college groups on financial and public safety issues. These issues include governmental financial management, government financial literacy, and fiscal impact of poor practices to law enforcement personnel.

FOR THIS CONFERENCE, LARRY WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT HE HAS BEEN A GFOA MEMBER LONGER THAN HE WAS A POLICE COMMAND STAFF MEMBER.