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Scott P. Johnson


Scott is the lead partner for MGO’s State and Local Government Advisory Services practice. Prior to joining MGO, Scott’s career spanned over 30 years of high‐level organizational management and leadership experience in local government. He has led multi-billion dollar operations for California local government agencies in various capacities. For example, Scott has served as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Concord, Assistant City Administrator for the City of Oakland, Director of Finance for the cities of San Jose and Milpitas, Controller Treasurer for the County of Santa Clara and Assistant Finance Director for the City of Santa Clara.

Scott is nationally recognized as a leader in managing municipal finances, investments, debt, and budgets. He and his team have received numerous state and national awards for excellence.

Scott is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He has served on state‐wide boards and is a Past‐President of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO). He is also a member of numerous national and state associations.

Scott has been a frequent presenter and has published numerous articles on topics that range from Strategies for Mitigating Municipal Employee Fraud, The Dodd-Frank Act, Navigating the Challenges of an IT System Implementation to Establishing Responsible Cannabis Regulations.

BA in Business Accounting from California State University - Hayward School of Business & Economics
Accounting Association; CSEB Alumni Association Certifications
California Certified Public Accountant
Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

Professional Affiliations and Leadership
Government Finance Officers Association of the US and Canada (GFOA)
California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (President 2011) and Board member
California Municipal Treasurers Association (CMTA)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Municipal Treasurers Association of the US and Canada (MTA)
Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
Advisory Board Member, Jacob’s Heart – Children’s Cancer Association