Newsmaker: Meghan McCandless
Noteworthy: McCandless and her assistant in the Westmoreland County financial administration office were honored by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the county's 2016 spending plan.
Residence: North Huntingdon
Family: Husband, Ryan ; a daughter, Aubrey
Education: 2001 Norwin High School graduate. Earned a degree in marketing and finance from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, in 2005
Occupation: Director of financial administration for Westmoreland County
Award details: When McCandless took over the director post last summer, she made it a goal that the department fashion a spending plan that could be eligible for the award. She and assistant director of finance, Scott Stepanovich, did just that. Their budget document was the first to be recognized with the award in Westmoreland County and the fourth county in the state to receive the honor, she said. The award is the only such national recognition available in governmental budgeting. It is bestowed upon governing bodies and their staff who meet proficiency in nationally recognized guidelines that assess how well the spending plan serves as a policy document, financial plan and operations guide. The department began work this month on the 2017 budget, which will be approved by county commissioners in December. McCandless hopes to reach the same goal again.
Quote: “It was just kind of something I wanted to do with the budget. It's not just like a weeklong project. There's a few months that go into it.”