SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

July 25, 2013

Danvers audit wins kudos

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — Town Manager Wayne Marquis recently lauded town accountant and Department of Public Works business manager Leonard Marshall for his part in a successful financial certification process.

“I want to thank you and offer my congratulations for carrying out the lead role in obtaining a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association in conjunction with the town’s (fiscal) 2012 comprehensive audit,” Marquis said in an email. The Chicago-based organization promotes “the professional management of governments for the public benefit,” according to the organization’s website.

The audit covers the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012, and it was Marshall who oversaw this process. The certification process is an offshoot of the more detailed annual audit process, Marquis said.

“I see this achievement as the equivalent of the town having earned financial accreditation, much the same way as we have for the School Dept., Police Dept. and Senior Center,” wrote Marquis. “It makes a clear statement to our elected leaders and residents that the town is conducting its financial operations in a high-level manner consistent with nationally accepted standards.”

“It’s the financial equivalent of being accredited,” said Marshall, who first started working for Danvers in 1973 as the assistant town accountant.

About four years later, he went to work as the director of finance in Lynnfield for four years, then returned to Danvers to become the public works business manager. After a few years, he was promoted to town accountant. A couple of years later, when the DPW business manager’s job opened up, Marshall also took this position as it was combined with that of the town accountant. He earned nearly $116,000 in 2012, according to town records.

Danvers has won this financial award for the past six or seven years in a row, said Marshall, who is also the chairman of the town’s Retirement Board.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.