Congratulations to our 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Mary-Lou Pickles

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Mary-Lou Pickles, the district’s director of the Office of Financial Services, has been recognized by the Florida Government Finance Officers Association for lasting contributions to Floridians.

 

PALATKA, Fla., May 11, 2020 — Mary-Lou Pickles, financial services director for the St. Johns River Water Management District, has been awarded the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA).

“Mary-Lou is so deserving of this recognition for her leadership on behalf of the District and the people we serve, as well as her commitment to accuracy and transparency in accounting principles,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “She and her team positively impact the District’s work every day.”

The FGFOA annually honors a finance officer who has made a lasting and worthwhile contribution to the citizens of Florida through their dedication in the performance of their duties on a local level and who has served the FGFOA in its efforts to enhance the profession. 

“I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to learn from my FGFOA mentors while establishing life-long friendships,” Pickles said. “Serving as a mentor and being able to give back to the profession that I enjoy so much is very rewarding. I am truly humbled by this award.”

Pickles has worked for the district for 20 years and was promoted to director of the Office of Financial Services in 2017. She oversees the district’s procurement, accounting and budget operations and ensures compliance with district, state and federal rules and regulations and accounting principles.

Pickles says she is most proud of her team’s collaborative work environment. By implementing cross training and job shadowing across office functions, this teamwork approach helps provide continuity and excellence of service to their customers.

She has been a member of FGFOA for 19 years and served as the organization’s 2014-2015 president. During her presidency, the organization established a Leadership FGFOA Program, which provides intense weeklong training to emerging government finance leaders. She also served on numerous standing and ad hoc committees and spearheaded several enhancements, such as exam rewrites and revised eligibility criteria for the Certified Government Finance Officer’s Program. She chaired the committee responsible for establishing FGFOA’s mentoring program and is a founding member of the North Central Chapter of the FGFOA.

Information about the Award:


PURPOSE:  This award, sponsored by the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, will recognize and honor a finance officer who has made a lasting and worthwhile contribution to the citizens of Florida through their efforts and dedication in the performance of their duties on a local level, and who has served the FGFOA in its efforts to enhance the profession. This award will be given annually, if a nomination is deemed qualified by the committee described below.

METHOD OF SELECTION:  Each year, a recommendation for the Lifetime Achievement Award may be made from the nominations by a selection committee of five, appointed by the President of the FGFOA. The selection committee will consist of an officer, a current board member, and two past presidents of the FGFOA, and one FGFOA member at large.  This selection committee may make no more than one recommendation to the Board annually, but will do so only when the committee concludes that the nomination meets the criteria established. The FGFOA Board of Directors will vote to ratify the nomination. The selection will be announced at the Annual Conference, and appropriate honors will be bestowed. The process will then be repeated each succeeding year.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE:  Nominations may be received from FGFOA members, local FGFOA chapters, or by the government served by the nominee. No individual or group will submit more than one nomination. Nomination forms and the deadline for nominations will be sent to the membership by E-Bulletin and posted on the website. Nominations will be submitted to the FGFOA Executive Director prior to the Annual Conference.  From the nominations received the selection committee may recommend one candidate annually but will do so only when the committee concludes that the nomination meets the criteria established. The recommendation for the Lifetime Achievement award does not require the full Board’s approval. The Officer on the Lifetime Achievement Award committee has the right to approve the committee’s recommendation for the award. The selection will be announced at the Annual Conference, and appropriate honors will be bestowed. The process will then be repeated each succeeding year.

CRITERIA: The Board of Directors has approved the criteria to be used as a guide for evaluating the nominees. The nominee must:

1. Have been an active member of the FGFOA for 10 years and served at least 20 years in local  governments or state agencies. 
2. Have served the FGFOA as an officer, director, committee chairman, state director, or local chapter  president.
3. Have made a significant and specific contribution to the growth or enhancement of the profession.

Nominations must include three letters of support from other general groups not affiliated with the nominee’s current local government or state agency.

THE RECIPIENT WILL RECEIVE:

1. A specifically designed award suitably inscribed.
2. A distinctive lapel pin or medallion, which may be worn at all gatherings of finance officials.
3. An announcement to the FGFOA membership by email.
4. A press release distributed to the local press in the recipient’s hometown.
5. Annual listing of all Lifetime Achievement Award winners published in the annual membership directory and Annual Conference program.  


For more information, contact Jill Walker at (850) 701-3688.
 

 

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