The Certificate of Achievement of Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to El Paso County Public Health by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2018. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

“Receiving this award signifies that we have met GFOA’s criteria for transparent, effective financial statements,” said El Paso County Controller Nikki Simmons. “It is a very rigorous process and a difficult award to earn. We are proud of our team’s efforts to assure we meet the highest national standards for financial reporting.”

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which include demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

“El Paso County Public Health is committed to providing the highest level of transparency,” said El Paso County Public Health Director Susan Wheelan. “This award demonstrates our commitment to accountability and excellence in financial reporting.”

El Paso County Public Health is dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and well-being, protecting the food we drink, the air we breathe and the water we drink, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit

The GFOA advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 20,500 members and the communities they serve. For more information about GFOA, visit