Committee: Finance Committee

Contact: Wayne Kewitsch, Chair - [email protected]

2019 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.

2019 Committee Report: The current year has continued to be one of transition for the MSFCA. The Finance Committee has worked with the Board and committees to develop a budget that aligns expenses with revenue while fulfilling the MSFCA’s mission. The financial reporting structure put in place in 2018 is paying dividends as it has enabled the association to make decisions on timely, sound and accurate information.

The association contracted with Wegner CPAs to conduct a financial audit of the association for the years 2017 and 2018. We are pleased to report that the audit was clean and there were no findings regarding our financial operations. At this time, we feel positive that the MSFCA is in stable financial condition and will continue to work with the goal of ensuring the organization’s ability to develop Minnesota’s future fire service leaders.

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

2018 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, as well as the 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 of the Association.

2018 Committee Report: The Finance Committee has worked diligently over the past year to ensure a smooth transition from our previous management firm to our current management firm. Extensive effort was spent by the Finance Committee and SAMI to bring the MSFCA’s financial reporting in line with best practices. We are pleased to report that this effort is an ongoing success. The organization now has the ability to accurately report on income and expense by our primary functional areas: conferences, committees, magazine and administration. This will result in the ability to better forecast financial trends in the organization allowing leadership to be proactive rather than reactive.

Earlier this year the Board decided to release an RFP for auditing services. The responses were evaluated, firms interviewed and a decision was reached to switch to Wegner CPAs. The Finance Committee along with SAMI and the Board are currently working with Wegner to conduct a full audit of the MSFCA’s finances.

We are pleased to report that, at this time, income and expenses have been in line with budget projections. The Conference and Finance Committees, along with SAMI, have worked closely together to ensure every possible success for this year’s conference in St. Paul.

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

2017 Finance Committee Report

Finance Committee File Library