The Grandview Heights finance department is a recipient of the Auditor of State Award of Distinction for 2012.

The Grandview Heights finance department is a recipient of the Auditor of State Award of Distinction for 2012.

State Auditor Dave Yost presented the award to Director of Finance Bob Dvoraczky at Grandview City Council's meeting Monday, March 3.

Only about 5 percent of public entities in the state receive the award, Yost said.

"This is a pretty big deal," he said.

The Award of Distinction is given to governmental entities that have had a clean audit of their finances and have internal management control and policies to ensure their funds are being spent properly and wisely, Yost said.

"We also test certain relative aspects of the Ohio Revised Code to make sure they are being followed," he said.

Finally, award recipients publish a comprehensive annual finance report, Yost said.

Dvoraczky said the award was possible only because of the work done by the members of his department: Assistant Director Megan Miller and accountant Kathy Kovacs.

"They are a great staff who always anticipate what we need," he said.

The mayor, council and department heads also "give us the opportunity to do the outreach" and keep residents well-informed about city finances, Dvoraczky said.

Mayor Ray DeGraw praised Dvoraczky as "a great leader" who has built up morale in his department and set a standard for high-quality work and financial reporting by his staff.

On top of that, under Dvoraczky's leadership, the city saw its credit rating raised last year to Standard & Poor's highest level, he said.

"Bob has done a great job for this community," DeGraw said.

Also at this week's meeting, council passed an ordinance that changes its rules to allow only council or the mayor to sponsor legislation.

Previously, unelected officials, including the city attorney, director of finance or director of administration, could present legislation.

The measure also requires that all proposed ordinances and resolutions be reviewed by the city attorney before being placed on the agenda to assure they are in the proper form.

The city attorney also will determine if the legislation would repeal or amend a current ordinance or resolution and make sure that it is not in conflict with existing state or federal law.