City finance personnel receive honors, distinctions


The recent election of City Treasurer David Olsen to the executive board of the Government Finance Officers (GFOA) of the United States and Canada is one in a series of honors and recognition of the professionalism and experience of employees in the Finance Department, which encompasses the offices of Finance, Treasury, Tax Collector and Tax Assessor.

Olsen, who has worked for the city for 19 years, has been a member of GFOA for 15 years, and, for the past six years, has served as a member of GFOA’s Committee on Treasury and Investment Management.

Also, Jean Bouchard, accountant specialist for the Treasurer’s Office, was appointed in January by Governor Lincoln Chafee to the municipal pension study commission established as part of the state’s new pension reform laws enacted last fall. The 14-member panel is charged with reviewing existing legislation and pension plan administrative practices and making recommendations for the improved security and funding of locally-administered plans and other post-retirement benefit obligations of cities and towns.

Diane Brennan, financial reporting analyst, has been appointed to the Budget Commission for the City of East Providence. The five-member board supersedes local legislative authority and serves as an “overseer” for all financial matters.

Tax Collector/Acting Assessor Ken Mallette, a 2008 Sherry Vermilya Award recipient for outstanding service to the assessment profession, is immediate past president of the Rhode Island Association of Assessing Officers and was appointed by Governor Chafee this year to a three-year term on the Rhode Island Vehicle Value Commission.

Finance Director Ernie Zmyslinski is a recipient of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council’s prestigious Robert M. Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award. In announcing the award, the chairwoman of the selection committee noted that Zmyslinski “represents the integrity, devotion and day-to-day commitment that too often goes unrecognized in the public sector.”


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