For the 10th consecutive year, Forsyth County has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
The award was given for the county's fiscal year 2009 comprehensive annual financial report.
According to a news release, the certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
In addition, an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement went to Jamie Payne, the county's interim assistant finance director, as the person primarily responsible for preparing the 2009 financial report.
Forsyth County's report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate people to read the report.
David Gruen, who has served as the county's director of finance/controller since November, said in a statement that the "entire finance department is to be commended for receiving this recognition."
"This award is a reflection of Forsyth County government's commitment to transparency as well as the professional work of our entire finance department," he said.
The association is a nonprofit professional group with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., serving about 17,500 government finance professionals.