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    Maria Woods

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    CFO/Financial Services Director : Maria Woods

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    Maria Woods has served as Director of Financial Services since December 2010 and was named Chief Financial Officer in April 2014. Her 30 years of experience in local government includes her tenure with Gwinnett County, which began in October 1997. She has provided training services for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Certified Financial Officers Association and previously was 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 Officers Association.

    Maria earned a master's degree in business administration from Brenau University and a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Georgia. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia and has received certification as a Certified Financial Officer Level II from the University of Georgia.



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The Department of Financial Services oversees the financial operations of Gwinnett County in compliance with state and federal laws, ensuring fiscal responsibility and superior bond ratings.  Department functions include, but are not limited to: financial record administration, budget administration and preparation, grant management and oversight, cash and investment management, vendor and employee payment, debt issuance and monitoring management, self-insurance and liability programs management, procurement and contracts operations management, tax assessor administration, and strategic program design and deployment.


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Latest Budget News
Nash taps seven residents to serve on 2018 budget review team
Seven Gwinnett residents have agreed to help Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash set priorities and make recommendations for the 2018 proposed budget. The budget review team will convene for the first time Monday, August 28 when County department directors and agency heads present their business plans and financial resource requests. Budget presentations will take place through Thursday, August 31.

The six residents who served on last year’s review team are joined this year by Alida Sims, a social worker and recent graduate of the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy. Sims works as a regional kinship navigator for the Georgia Department of Community Services Division of Family and Children Services and also volunteers with a number of community organizations.

She is serving alongside Norwood Davis (CFO, 12Stone Church), Kevin Do (realtor, ReMax Grand South), Burt Manning (retired real estate appraiser) and Santiago Marquez (President and CEO, Georgia 
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) as well as Lisa Burleson (retired Gwinnett County Public Schools administrator) and David Cuffie (CEO, Total Vision Consulting LLC), who are fellow Gwinnett 101 alumni.

Nash said she finds that seeking public input in local government decisions leads to a better outcome and that the budget setting process is no exception.

“I am grateful to these talented individuals for volunteering to serve in this capacity,” said Nash. “Each person brings something different to the table, which is valuable as we listen to departmental needs and plans for the future, review revenue projections, and prepare the 2018 proposed budget.”

The videotaped business plan presentations will be available to view on demand on this website starting the afternoon of August 28.

The Chairman’s 2018 budget proposal will be made available to the public and news media on November 28 in conjunction with a formal presentation to the district commissioners. A budget public hearing will follow on December 4. By county ordinance, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January.

2017 Monthly Financial Status Reports
The Gwinnett County Department of Financial Services prepares a monthly financial report that provides a summary of revenues and expenditures for all County operating funds. The purpose of this report is to provide timely information on the status of budgeted and actual revenues and expenditures.

Previous years’ financial status reports can be found on the Financial Reports: Archive webpage.

Budget and Financial Reports

SPLOST Annual Report

Archived Budget Reports
Visit the Financial Reports: Archives webpage to view a five-year history of budget reports.