GFOA Documents

From the CEO: Why I'm a Finance Officer

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Of all the challenges local governments face, none is more pressing, more significant, more disruptive, and more of a threat to long-term sustainability than the current workforce shortage. We’ve recognized the symptoms for years—an aging workforce, fewer college graduates looking for jobs in the public sector, and increased mobility among employees—but the Great Resignation has made the stress obvious. Governments are finding it extremely difficult to find candidates to fill openings.

During our annual conference in June, we have planned a “Why I’m a Finance Officer” session in which we will interview several finance officers about their journey into local government. We also will be documenting stories from our members. If you are attending the annual conference, please consider recording your own short story about how you ended up where you are. In addition, all members are encouraged to share their example or upload a short video.