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Chris Kessler

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Bachelor of science in accounting from University of South Carolina
Bachelor of science in finance from University of South Carolina


Chris has over 9 years of experience with auditing and accounting services, specializing in governmental auditing and accounting services. He currently leads CLA’s Carolina region state and local government practice from the Columbia, South Carolina office.

Chris manages, plans, and performs audits and accounting services for various state and local government audit engagements typically requiring single audits to be performed in accordance with OMB UGG. Chris has extensive experience with assisting governmental clients in obtaining and retaining the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award and has provided risk assessment consulting services to governmental clients.

Due to his extensive experience, Chris is designated at CLA as a governmental auditing specialist. He is charged with understanding and applying the most recent GASB, Yellow Book, and other auditing standards, and is well known throughout the firm for his responsiveness, dedication to detail, and ability to communicate findings in an understandable manner.

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