Laurie A. Puckett

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

I am currently the Accounting Division Director in the Gwinnett County Department of Financial Services. I began my career with Gwinnett County in 1987. My 30 years of accounting and financial reporting experience include 19 years in the Department of Financial Services and eight years in the Tax Commissioner’s Office. I also worked briefly at the City of Gainesville, Georgia, and Dawson County, Georgia. I attended night school while working full time and graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Georgia College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. I am a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia and have earned the designation as a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). I am a reviewer for the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award Program, and also serve on the executive board of the Georgia GFOA.

Education

North Georgia College, 1994, Magna Cum Laude

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting

Of Note

2015-2017           GGFOA Executive Board   Currently serving as the Secretary of the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association and previously served on the Board as a Director.

2013-2015           CPFO Passed 5 exams to earn the Certified Public Finance Officer certification from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

2013                        Carl Vinson Institute of Government Local Finance Officer Certification – Levels I & II

2013                        LEADacademy Completed the Gwinnett County Supervisory Development and Continuous Learning Program.

2011-2014           Georgia SPCA Volunteer and Foster

2002-2004           Girl Scout Troop Leader

1997-current       Certified Public Accountant License   First issued December 10, 1997.

1994                        Oakes-Freeman Award  North Georgia College (1994) – Accounting Graduate with the highest GPA.

1994                        Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants Accounting Award North Georgia College (1994) – Accounting Graduate with the highest GPA.

1994                        Certificate of Local Government Management Completed Gwinnett Management Development Program (1994).

1990-1992           Toastmasters International  Educational Vice President (1990-1992), Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center Chapter.

Research Interests

Public Budgeting and Finance – Governmental Financial Reporting Model