Committee: Finance Committee

Contact: Wayne Kewitsch, Chair - [email protected]

2020 Mission: The mission of the Finance Committee is to provide a measure of control to the overall financial condition of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association, to review the short-term and long-term finances of the Association, to investigate alternative and innovative methods of financing, to ensure stability in the solicitation of revenues and to monitor and review the annual budget.

2020 Report: The committee developed a budget that was approved by the Board in January 2020.  Unfortunately, COVID-19 significantly impacted the Association’s ability to conduct business.  Fortunately, the Alexandria Fire Officer Training Officer School was held. Unfortunately, the Duluth school along with the annual conference were canceled. This severely impacted the Association as the MSFCA derives a significant percentage of its annual revenue from the two fire officer schools and the annual conference. 

As COVID-19 began to impact Minnesota, the committee along with the Board worked to develop expense priorities and forecast revenue impacts. The Board designated priorities were to maintain the daily operation of the Association, continue to publish the magazine and E-Newsletters and maintain legislative. Due to the outstanding support of our members, vendors and the excellent work of the ARC, the Association’s management firm, we were able to successfully navigate 2020 without needing access our financial reserves.

Due to the uncertainty regarding when the COVID-19 pandemic will stabilize, the committee and ARC spent the fall creating multiple budget scenarios for consideration by the Board. Due to this uncertainty, there is a significant possibility that the Association may need to access its reserves to continue operation. Fortunately, as of this writing, the reserve account is in a positive position. The Board will formally adopt the 2021 budget at its meeting in January 2021.

The Association contracted with Wegner CPAs to conduct a financial audit of the Association for 2019. We are pleased to report that the audit was clean, and there were no findings regarding our financial operations.

2020 Finance Committee Members

  • Chair: Wayne Kewitsch, Fire Chief, Richfield Fire Department
  • Martin Scheerer, Fire Chief (Retired), Waconia Fire Department

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