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Dr. David M. Ross

President & CEO, 65th North Group

Dr. Ross brings with him over 33 years of government and consulting experience. During his career, he managed a variety of local government functional areas including finance, human resources, public works, utility billing, internal controls, parks and recreation, development services, and many others. He has assessed local government operations, written policy manuals, conducted operational efficiency studies, conducted risk management and operational audits for governments across the country, and he is highly experienced in all areas of city and county government. In addition, Dr. Ross instructed University public administration courses for for eight years.

Dr. Ross holds a PhD in Financial Management with a dissertation specific to local government financial management and reducing fraud risks. In addition to his doctorate in financial management, he received his BS in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University, his Executive MPA from Golden Gate University, and he completed Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State & Local Government Program. Dr. Ross holds an American Water Works Association (AWWA) certificate in utility risk and resiliency assessments and emergency response planning, he is a is a certified fraud examiner (CFE) a certified internal control auditor (CICA), he holds a certificate in internal controls from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), and he is an ICMA Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM).

Dr. Ross is a member of the International City and County Management Association (ICMA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Institute for Internal Controls (IIC), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). His local government financial management work is published in ProQuest (2016), ICMA’s Public Management publication (2019 and 2022), the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) Quarterly Review (2020), and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Government Finance Review publication (2020 and 2022).

Dr. David M. Ross