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(FORT WAYNE, IN) – Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Allen County Public Library for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022. This is the thirty-first consecutive year that the Allen County Public Library has achieved this prestigious award.

The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.

“Our Chief Financial Officer David Sedestrom, and our entire ACPL team, are to be commended for their unwavering dedication to the responsible stewardship of each taxpayer dollar spent at the Allen County Public Library,” said Susan Baier, ACPL Executive Director. “It is my hope that accolades like this remind our community just how grateful we are to be entrusted with this community’s resources.”

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. 

The ACPL values transparency in its finances and reports regularly to city, county, state, and federal institutions to ensure it is held to the most rigorous standards. It also chose to include in its 2024-28 strategic plan “Windows to Lifelong Learning and Discovery” a “Financial Sustainability” statement. This information can be found at

About the ACPL

The Allen County Public Library has fostered lifelong learning and discovery in northeast Indiana for more than 125 years. The ACPL consists of fourteen branches throughout Allen County, serving more than one million visitors per year. The ACPL’s collection includes more than 2.7 million items, with a circulation total of 3.6 million items borrowed annually. It also houses The Genealogy Center, the nation’s largest public genealogy research center, and The Rolland Center for Lincoln Research, consisting of more than 20,000 artifacts related to President Abraham Lincoln.

About the Government Finance Officers Association Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources, and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.



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