Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial ReportingThe Department's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for 2020 has been awarded a "Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting" by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States (GFOA). It's the organization's top honor and the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by the Town and its management. The previous 19 reports won the high honor, too.

The Annual Report is produced to provide the Mayor, Town Council, Town staff, residents, bondholders and the general public with useful information about the Town of Clayton's operations and financial position. We go well above and beyond the minimum accounting standards to make sure the work of our town is transparent and fully disclosed to taxpayers.

"The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management," the Association said in a statement announcing the honor.

Robert McKie receives the Certificate of ExcellenceThis marks the 12th year in a row that Clayton Finance Director Robert McKie has helped our Town take home the award.

"For me, the award is an accolade that represents a great accomplishment," said McKie, who works tirelessly to make this annual report transparent and informative.

The Annual Comprehensive Financial Report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the Annual Report.

Would you like to check out these award-winning documents for yourself? Head to our Annual Reports and Budgets page.

Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of over 20,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials, and other finance practitioners. It provides publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.