Terri L. Goodman is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Forsyth County.
She is head of the county’s Finance Department, which is built around the many state statutory requirements for the CFO of a local government in addition to a variety of state, federal and regulatory obligations. Finance manages the county’s revenues, payments, investments, payroll, fixed assets, debt, financial record keeping, risk management and internal and external audits.
Before assuming her current position in October 2021, Goodman served the Forsyth County Finance Department for 11 years as Deputy CFO and 21 years as Treasurer. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Local Government Finance Officer. Her educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University with dual majors in business and Spanish, graduating magna cum laude. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University with a concentration in accounting and finance.
With the hard work of the Finance Department, Forsyth County became the first county in North Carolina to receive a AAA credit rating from all three national rating agencies in 1996 and has maintained that rating ever since.
The department’s independently audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the county has won a national Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting every year since 1984.
Along with her service to the County, Goodman has been an active community member, serving as president of the West Central Community Center and has served in leadership roles with various PTAs and in her faith community at College Park Baptist Church.