The staff of the Finance Department continually strives to render its services in a professional manner. The Finance Department consists of four people on staff and serves County management, along with its various departments and agencies, by performing the many financial and accounting functions required in a proficient and timely manner and in compliance with Federal, State and County laws and regulations.
Financial administration encompasses numerous areas of expertise and requires the efficient performance of many, varied duties and activities by the Finance Department staff. In addition to the General Fund, which is the operating fund of the county government, the Finance Department also performs all accounting functions for nine special revenue funds, five capital projects funds and an enterprise fund.
The Finance Department is responsible for revenue collection, procurement, accounts payable and disbursement processing, payroll, benefits, budgeting, cash management, general accounting, financial reporting, preparing for annual audits and debt management.
The Finance Department utilizes Edmunds Governmental Software for their financial package. The County of Stephens received an unqualified opinion on its financial statements from its auditors, Mauldin & Jenkins, CPAs, LLC for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019. The auditors did not identify any deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that they considered to be a material weakness.
Finance Director Phyllis Ayers is a Stephens County native and an honors graduate of Stephens County High School. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in accounting from The University of Georgia and is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.
Ayers is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Georgia Government Finance Officers Association and the Government Finance Officers Association. Along with those memberships, Ayers is a Level I and Level II Certified Local Government Finance Officer, a Georgia Certified Management Accountant and an ACCG Certified County Official.