Montgomery County’s Department of Finance Director Joseph Beach has received this year’s Distinguished Local Government Leadership Award from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).
According to Montgomery County’s press release,
The award recognizes local government professionals who exemplify and promote excellence in government financial management and demonstrate outstanding leadership in enhancing sound financial management legislation, regulations, practices, policies and systems.
Beach’s senior level leadership with the County has included three key roles and spanned 11 years. Since 2011, he has been Director of Finance, after serving five years, from 2006 to 2011, as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to that, Beach was an Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for three years.
“Under Joe Beach’s leadership for the past 11 years, the County has sustained strong financial management and retained its AAA ratings from all three major rating agencies,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “He has served the County for the past 27 years as an advocate for sound financial management, demonstrating leadership, commitment and initiative. I can think of no other individual who is more deserving of this recognition. Joe personifies the attributes that the AGA is seeking in selecting an individual to receive this honor.”