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The City of Fayetteville’s Finance Department for the 20th straight year received the highest honor for financial reporting. Pictured are (l-r) City Manager Ray Gibson, city councilmen Paul Oddo and Harlan Shirley, Finance and Administration Director Mike Bush, Assistant Finance Director Carleetha Talmadge, City Clerk Anne Barksdale, Deputy City Clerk Valerie Glass and city councilmen Scott Stacy and Jim Williams. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

The City of Fayetteville’s Finance Department got another pat on the back Thursday night for exceptional financial reporting, but this time is perhaps more special than normal because it is the department’s 20th time in a row to receive an award for their efforts.

It is the Government Finance Officers Association that gives the award, which is known as a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. It is based on the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which is produced under the leadership of Director of Finance and Administration Mike Bush as well as Assistant Director of Finance Carleetha Talmadge and other City Hall staffers.

Bush joked during Thursday night’s city council meeting that the city only has 16 plaques to show for the 20 awards, because it became more frugal to add more engraved plates to that last plaque than to keep producing more plaques.

City council members praised Bush, Talmadge, and the finance team for their consistency in producing excellent financial reports, and Mayor Ed Johnson, who was unable to attend Thursday night’s meeting, said Friday morning he, too, is proud of the work that has become the standard for City Hall staff.

“I am very pleased with their level of professionalism,” Johnson said. “I’m very proud of them and of the work they do.”