Finance departments in local governments are tasked with a minimum of: safeguarding public funds; levying taxes; purchasing and payroll services; capital financing and investing; financial reporting; and budgeting. In Washington these activities are governed by the Revised Code of Washington, Washington State Auditor’s Office, accounting regulatory authorities such as GAAP and GASB, and city policies.
The resulting rules and guidelines can be difficult to implement due to time constraints or staffing experience and turnover often pushes timelines off track. Dowell Consulting, PLLC can assist in catching the department up on operational tasks or prepare required reports that require accounting expertise.
Hourly tasks are for those items that don’t fall under a project, or do not have an easily identifiable product or end date. Often these tasks are operational rather than report driven.
- Research and guidance on: GAAP, GASB, and Washington State BARS
- Year-end closing
- Reconciliations: fund balance, account, cash, payroll
Project tasks are often items that require accounting expertise and an understanding of local government operations. Listed are a few key services provided by Dowell Consulting, PLLC.
- Indirect Cost Allocation Plan
- Capital Improvement Plan
- Annual Report
Washington State Public Accounting License: 29254
I began my career in public accounting with Moss Adams, LLP, a certified public accounting firm with northwest roots. During my time with the firm I worked out of two regional offices on both sides of Washington State; providing assurance services primarily for tribal governments, tribal casinos, not-for-profits, and universities. My work sent me across the pacific northwest and into the southwest providing a wide scope of work environments, cultures, and mentors to build a strong base of accounting concepts with a focus on governments.
As my family prepared to welcome our first child, I took the position of Senior Accountant with the City of Issaquah so that I could spend more time with my growing family while still building on my governmental accounting skills developed with Moss Adams. The City of Issaquah is a mid-sized city with programs and departments representative of Washington State local governments. I continued to develop my accounting skills while also learning about the Revised Code of Washington and Washington State BARS Manual as it applied to local governments. I worked under the supervision of individuals with years of experience in both the Washington State Auditor’s Office and local government finance departments and was given a variety of special projects as the City attempted to catch up after a period of turn-over and growth.
I moved into the Accounting Manager role with the City of Mukilteo to give myself an opportunity to continue to grow in local government finance as well as enjoy the benefits of living on the water. Again the City was in a period of turn-over and the position presented many special projects and challenges to further both my technical and peer development. It also brought me my first client as I chose to step out on my own.
Dowell Consulting, PLLC arose from continually seeing cities in need of qualified accountants to assist in times of turnover or to tackle the more technically difficult tasks that many governments do not have the staff or time to prepare. My years of experience with both the cities of Issaquah and Mukilteo have given me the opportunity to understand the operational complexities of local governments in Washington as well as refine my governmental accounting skills related to larger projects such as; annual reporting, budgeting, cost allocations, etc. I enjoy working with local governments and my goal is to build relationships with local governments while assisting them in areas where they find gaps.
When I’m not wearing my accountant hat I enjoy spending time with family on the water or in the woods just like every other pacific northwest native. As boaters we take full advantage of the San Juan islands and our beautiful coast but living near the Cascade’s we also consider ourselves fair-weather hikers and campers.
The goal of this new adventure is to enjoy a passionate and healthy work-life balance.
Washington Society of Public Accountants
City of Mukilteo
March 2015 – June 2016
City of Issaquah
April 2012 – March 2015
Moss Adams, LLP
Senior Assurance Accountant
November 2009 – April 2012
University of Washington
Bachelors in Economics and Business: Accounting
Washington State Accounting Resources
Governmental Accounting Resources