Scott Clelland, CPA, PSA, RMA

With more than 34 years of experience, Scott Clelland is the Partner-in-Charge of the Public Sector Services practice. His experience with the public sector includes school districts, municipalities, authorities, colleges and universities, state agencies and not-for-profit organizations. He is a recognized expert in the public sector arena and is frequently consulted by clients, regulators, other professionals and State agencies.

Scott has been involved in performing special projects for many governmental entities including forensic audits, performance audits, A4-1/A4-2 tuition calculations, internal control evaluations and other agreed-upon procedures engagements.

Scott's experience includes the development of the accounting procedures manual currently used by all school districts in the state of New Jersey and he assisted the State Department of Education in developing the Chart of Accounts, the Sample Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and implementation of generally accepted accounting principles for school districts.

Scott is frequently called upon to assist State agencies, regulators and other organizations to provide presentations and training to government officials and to assist with the adoption of new standards and regulations.

Accomplisments

Scott has assisted numerous school districts in obtaining the prestigious Association of School Business Officials Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by assisting several of his governmental clients in obtaining bond financing for construction of new facilities and bond refunding. 

Scott was recently recognized by the New Jersey State Society of CPA’s as one of the top 50 CPA’s over 50 years of age. 

He was also recently included on the ALIST by the NJCPA for Governmental Auditors.

Education

BA – Accounting and Business Administration from Muhlenberg College

Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut

Registered Municipal Accountant in New Jersey

Licensed Public School Accountant in New Jersey

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants – former Vice President of the Executive Board

New Jersey Association of School Business Officials

Registered Municipal Accountants Association Board of Trustees 

Association of Government Accountants

Beyond Wiss

When not in the office, Scott enjoys watching all sports and playing soccer and volleyball and watching his son and wife show their dogs in conformation and agility and serving as therapy dogs.

Community Involvement

Scott serves on the Board of a not-for-profit organization.

Scott Clelland

A 30-second interview with...

How did you get your foot in the door?

I loved math and my father was a CPA. It was a natural fit.

If you were not doing this, what would you be doing?

I would be a sports broadcaster because of my love for statistics.

What is the best professional advice someone ever gave you and you still live by?

This was from my father: Always tell the truth and always do what you think is right.