The Knox County Finance Department won the 2012 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY 2012-13 budget. (That's the current budget by the way.)
“This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting,” GFOA top dog Stephen J. Gauthier wrote in a Dec. 6 letter to Casual Chris Caldwell, county finance director. “Its attainment represents a significant achievement by your organization."
The county has won this thing for the past 17 years, according to Michael “Big Sexy” Grider, the most underpaid communications manager in the county. The official release is right smack here.
Apparently a bunch of math-heads read through the proposed spending plan and made sure it includes certain things. (I imagine it's got to balance, too.)
So, congrats, Chris.