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Scott P. Johnson


Scott is a partner and leader of the state and local government advisory services practice for MGO. With more than 30 years of experience in high-level organizational management and local government leadership, he’s led multi-billion-dollar operations for various California local government entities. His roles as assistant city manager for Concord, California; assistant city administrator for Oakland, California; director of finance for San Jose and Milpitas, California; controller treasurer for Santa Clara County; and assistant finance director for the city of Santa Clara, California; have earned him a national reputation as a leader in managing municipal finances, investments, debt, and budgets. He and his teams have received numerous state and national excellence awards.

A past president of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, Scott has served on statewide boards and as a member of numerous national and state associations. Frequently, he presents on topics including strategies for mitigating municipal employee fraud, the Dodd-Frank Act, navigating IT system implementation challenges and establishing responsible cannabis regulations.

California State University, Hayward School of Business
B.A., Business Accounting

Chartered Global Management Accountant
Accounting Association, CSEB Alumni Assn. Certifications


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, Board Member
  • California Municipal Treasurers Association
  • International City/County Management Association
  • Municipal Treasurers Association of the United States and Canada
  • Association of Government Accountants

Advisory Board Member, Jacob’s Heart-Children’s Cancer Association