To provide superior financial services for Gwinnett County that ensure financial integrity, promote accountability in government, and maintain the public trust.
The Department of Financial Services is the benchmark of superior innovative services while maintaining accountability and public trust.
Values are beliefs that do not change over time. They are what we believe in, what we do, and what govern our decisions on a day-to-day basis. They are the principles and standards for the framework upon which the Department of Financial Services is built. These core values maintain the public trust.
Superior Customer Service
We are committed to providing innovative service in a manner that is courteous, responsive, and efficient. We require a high standard of performance and commitment to excellence from employees in order to provide the highest level of service to all.
We will carry out our responsibilities with integrity by conducting County business in a responsible, conscientious, ethical, and professional manner.
We provide stewardship of public resources as evidenced by factually accurate information and effective internal controls that promote reliability and accountability.
Maria received a master's
degree in business administration from Brenau University and a bachelor's
degree in education from the University of Georgia. Maria is a Certified Public
Accountant in the state of Georgia. She has also received her certification as
a Certified Financial Officer Level II from the University of Georgia. She has
24 years of experience in local government. She has been with the County since
October 1997. She has provided training services for the Carl Vinson Institute
of Government Certified Financial Officers Association. She was previously a
reviewer for the Government Financial Officers Association Certificate of
Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. She is a member of the
Government Finance Officers Association and the Georgia Government Finance
Karen received her master’s
degree in public administration from the University of Michigan, a bachelor’s
degree in accounting from Michigan State University, and she is a Certified
Public Accountant. Prior to coming to Gwinnett County in 2010, Karen worked in
municipal finance for 17 years. Most notably, she was the Finance Director for
Orange County, Virginia and Deputy Finance Director for the City of Dearborn,
Michigan. She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association. Karen
resides in Buford with her husband and daughter.
Rick began his career with
the County in 2006 as a manager in the Performance Analysis Division where he
was involved in continuous improvement initiatives, operational evaluations,
audits, special projects, and the implementation of performance measurement
systems. Rick spent over 25 years in the private sector in Quality Assurance,
Contractor Relations/Purchasing, Auditing, Records Management, and Regulatory
Compliance. Rick is an experienced Lean trainer, a Certified Fraud
Examiner, and has earned his Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification. He
holds an Associate of Science in business, and a Bachelors of Business
Administration. He lives in the Snellville area of Gwinnett County with his
wife and two children.
Accounting and GL Division Director:
Buffy received a master's
degree in business administration from Shorter University and a bachelor's
degree in business administration with a focus in finance from North Georgia
College and State University. Buffy began her career with Gwinnett County in
the Accounting Division in 2008. She worked a year in the Strategic Business
Development Division, working on special finance projects before returning to
the Accounting Division in 2010. Buffy has more than 15 years of experience in
various finance and accounting roles in the public and private sector. She resides
in Buford with her husband and two children.
Purchasing Division Director:
Roslyn has over 15 years of
government experience, serving Gwinnett County Department of Finance since
1994. She is a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and
the Georgia Chapter of NIGP. Roslyn attended the University of Georgia and has
lived in Gwinnett County for 35 years. She currently resides in Lawrenceville
with her husband.
Beth received a master's
degree in business administration from West Georgia University and a bachelor's
degree in business administration from the University of Georgia. Beth is a
Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia. She has nine years of
experience in local government, as well as six years of accounting experience
in the private sector. She has been with the County since May 2010. She is a
member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and American
Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Beth resides in Statham with her
husband and three children.
Tax Assessor's Office Division Director:
Steve holds a bachelor's in
finance from Georgia State University. He has over 25 years experience in the
administration of Georgia's Property Tax System. Prior to joining Gwinnett
County in August 1997, Steve was in the private industry as a property tax consultant
to state and local governments. He has also served as a County Tax Assessor and
was a member of the Georgia Department of Revenue's Property Tax Division. He
is an active member of the Georgia Association of Assessing Officers and the
International Association of Assessing Officers, where he served as chairman of
the Technical Standards Committee. He resides in Cumming with his wife and two
Treasury Division Director:
Paul graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Florida in 1992 with a BS in Accounting and is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society as well as a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to coming to Gwinnett County in 2012, Paul worked in several state agencies including the State Accounting Office, Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Building Authority, the Department of Driver Services, and the Department of Human Resources. Paul’s background includes compliance, internal auditing, and accounting. Paul has 18 years of experience in various auditing and accounting roles in the public sector. Paul is a member of Georgia Society of CPAs and is active in its continuing professional education programs. Paul currently resides in Conyers with his wife and two daughters.