Debbie Caughron, Financial Services Director and City Recorder at the City of Maryville is among the more than 90 municipal finance officers that were awarded the Certified Municipal Finance Officers (CMFO) certificate January 27 in Nashville.
The graduating class included 97 individuals representing 86 cities and one utility district. The certification course consisted of a two-year program that included 11 courses and exams covering eight different topics.
The CMFO certificate was awarded to each individual by Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller of the Tennessee Treasury.
CMFO was developed after the state legislature passed a law that required certain municipal finance officers to be certified. The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) worked with assistance from and review by the State of Tennessee Comptroller’s Office to develop the program objectives and content. The certification program is at the forefront of programs nationwide that focuses on the role of the municipal finance officer.
City Manager Greg McClain stated, “The City will benefit greatly from the knowledge and skills that this program provides. Today’s financial environment is quite complex and continued training is very necessary in order to ensure that the City keep up with changes in the laws and procedures. Debbie has always been dedicated to her work and very committed to accuracy during her 32 years at the City. We applaud her hard work and the time involved in receiving the CMFO certification.”
Caughron and husband Phil are both natives of Blount County. She has one grown son, Justin Caughron.