Sunday, September 27, 2020

Volunteers Needed

Marco Island’s government could not function without the key volunteer boards and committees appointed by city council. And one of the most important is the Audit Advisory Committee. This committee oversees the city’s financial functions, recommends and works with the city’s public accounting firm, and implements policies and practices that help keep our financial situation one of the most stable and solid in Florida.

We need volunteers — the committee starts its cycle in June, because that’s when the city kicks off its budget process. Committee members do not have to be accountants or auditors. We need knowledgeable businesspeople. We need people who can read income statements and balance sheets. We need people who want to preserve our topnotch credit ratings. In addition to serving the community, committee members will get to know like-minded citizens, and the city’s officials, and will have a real impact on Marco Island government.

Please consider applying. Just go online to cityofmarcoisland.com. Click on “Government,” click on “How Do I… ,” click on “Apply for,” click on “Boards & Committees.” We look forward to a strong and involved Audit Advisory Committee.

Larry Honig, Chairman Marco Island City Council

Response to Request for Volunteers

I am sure it must be an administrative oversight that I haven’t been contacted to serve the city on the Audit Advisory Committee. I responded over a year ago to a request for volunteers for various volunteer boards. The selection criteria as I recall was a willingness to serve on a volunteer basis and have some demonstrated civic activity in the community. My background is a certified public accountant with over 40 years of work experience in public accounting as a partner with the big 4 firm of Deloitte. Since moving full time to Marco Island I have been active in the Marco Mens Club as a vice president, a member of the Marco Island Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol as a mission pilot as well as their financial officer among other civic activities.

I was contacted shortly after the November election and asked if I was still interested in serving on the Audit Advisory Committee to which I replied I was. To date I have not heard anything from the City. I am hoping that one of my other civic activities which was as a board member of the Marco Island Property Owners who endorsed other candidates for council seats would not disqualify me for service to the City of Marco Island. Certainly the transparency that the new council members have claimed would not be threatened by an individual who has dedicated his life to integrity and professionalism or is the council just interested in citizens who have supported them to serve on volunteer committees?

William A. Rogers CPA Marco Island

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