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Deborah Girard, C.P.A., C.G.F.O.


Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Mrs. Girard serves as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Orlando and shares in the responsibility of day-to-day operations at the City. She is responsible for assisting the Chief Administrative Officer with overseeing various departments including: Human Resources and Labor Relations, Housing and Community Development, Minority & Women Business Enterprises and the Orlando Fire Department. She also serves as a City operating liaison to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and to the Orlando Utilities Commission. Mrs. Girard currently serves on the Orange County Library Governing Board representing the City of Orlando since 2006.

Mrs. Girard has more than 32 years of professional experience in both the public and private sector. She joined the City in 2002 and in 2006, Mayor Buddy Dyer appointed her to the position of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Management, Budget, and Accounting Department. Before joining the City, Mrs. Girard served Hillsborough County, Florida for approximately 11 years, primarily as Director of Finance and Director of Accounting. She has also served as director within a federal agency and an independent special taxing district. She started her career with the international accounting firm, Price Waterhouse, where she served as a State and Local Government Industry Specialist for seven years.

Deborah has three undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Finance, and Management. She also has a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in taxation. Deborah has been a member of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) since 1982. She spent three years on the FGFOA Membership and Publications Committee, including one year as chairperson. She has served on the Nominating Committee, on various ad-hoc committees, and as board liaison to the Career Development Committee, Legislative Committee, Conference Program Committee and Scholarship Committee. Deborah was on the FGFOA Board of Directors for seven years, serving as Secretary-Treasurer, President-elect, and President of the State Association. Deborah has also provided services to the GFOA serving two years as Vice-Chair and one year as the National Chair of the Committee on Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting.