Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has tapped a CPA, Charles L. Harrison, to lead the state’s “implementation” of the stimulus funding it receives.

Harrison has been named to the post of special assistant to the governor for Recovery Act administration. He will manage Tennessee’s $4.5 billion share of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress last month.

CPAs and other accountants are likely to see their skills called upon to help manage the stimulus spending and cope with the effects of the economic crisis (see Stimulus May Stimulate Accountants).

Harrison is licensed as a CPA in the state of Tennessee and is also a certified government financial manager. He has served as assistant to the state’s Comptroller of the Treasury since 1985. In that position, he was directly involved with the financial management of state projects and contracts. He also provided accounting, budgeting, information systems and human resources support to the Office of the Comptroller, and advised state departments regarding procurement and contracting issues.

Harrison began his career in state service in 1969, serving in various audit positions in the Office of the Comptroller, including legislative auditor, legislative audit manager for financial and compliance audits, and as the first chief of the operational audit unit.

“I am extremely pleased to have someone of Charles Harrison’s experience and qualifications to lead our implementation of this important act,” said Bredesen in a statement.

“I appreciate the confidence Governor Bredesen has placed in me to help implement an act that will speed our economic recovery, create and save jobs, and provide services to Tennesseans affected by the recession,” said Harrison.

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