Cindy Byerrum, CPA

Partner

I am inspired when helping governmental agencies, who serve the community, achieve their highest potential. Most of my clients are critical infrastructure and essential workers, and I appreciate and applaud all that they do for the community!

OVERVIEW

Cindy has been providing consulting services to special districts for nearly 20 years, working with agencies such as community services districts, water/sewer utilities, fire protection districts, library districts, resource conservation districts and LAFCOs. She has a wide variety of past experience that includes being a full-time tenured faculty and department head at a junior college, an executive headhunter, a CFO at a water agency, Interim Finance Director at several special districts, and a governmental auditor in one of the big four accounting firms.

Cindy’s experience allows her to serve as the part-time Finance Director to many special districts throughout the state of California. Her clients rely on her to function as a trusted advisor and they see her as a valuable part of their team. Cindy’s approach is from a training and teaching perspective. She is a strong believer in helping clients to become as self-sufficient in the finance and accounting department as they want to be, all while being there to monitor and assist when needed. Some of her clients want her and her team to do all the accounting, and that is OK too! She is a strong believer in tailoring the consulting experience to each client's need, wants and capabilities.

Outside of work, Cindy likes to visit Joshua Tree National Park, which is 10 minutes from her house. Cindy and her husband are also very involved in the water community providing assistance to smaller water agencies throughout California through the multiple associations they work with in their free time.

QUALIFICATIONS

Memberships

  • California Special Districts Association
  • California Society of Municipal Finance Officers
  • California Mutual Water Company Association
  • Association of Women in Water, Energy & Environment
  • QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Designations/Licensures

  • Certified Public Accountant

Education

  • Bachelor of Science – California State San University Bernardino
  • Master of Public Administration – California State University of San Bernardino

KNOWLEDGE

Client Work

  • Provides overall accounting and finance department assessments, looking at policies and procedures, staffing, best practices, grant management, and compliance with ever changing state and federal regulations.
  • Permanent part-time external Finance Director to agencies that do not need, and cannot afford a team of CPAs on staff. Monthly account reconciliations, financial statement and board package preparation, budget and long range cash flow preparation, audit preparation, compliance reports with the state, 1099s and W-2 preparation, process payroll and CalPERS reporting, train staff and provide other services as needed.
  • Project assistance for finance departments, including budget preparation, financial systems implementations, audit preparation, account reconciliations and financial statement preparation, and overall accounting catch up and clean up.
  • Expert in payroll preparation in house or in conjunction with an outside provider, employment taxation rules and regulations, IRS and California tax return preparation, W-2 and 1099 reporting, and reporting to CalPERS. Assisted multiple agencies in IRS and California EDD employment taxation audits.
  • QuickBooks Pro Advisor and expert in all versions of QuickBooks and its use at governmental agencies.

COMMUNITY

Community Involvement

  • Former CPA review instructor
  • Former tenured accounting professor