The County Treasurer isn't simply title on a piece of letterhead, its a position of leadership within Champaign County government and the Champaign County community. John Farney has taken his role as a leader seriously.
John served as a member of the Champaign County Brookens Center Green Business Certification team. Thanks to the efforts of this team, Champaign County changed practices, implemented new policies, and made facility improvements that not only are better for our environment, but also save taxpayer dollars. For their efforts, the Brookens Center was named "Green Business Certified" by the Illinois Green Business Association.
In 2014, John served with other elected officials to revitalize Champaign County's giving presence through our annual United Way fundraising effort. Through this initative, Champaign County saw an over 200% increase in giving . For these efforts, Champaign County was recognized by the United Way of Champaign County as an ECC of the Year.
In a professional capacity, John serves as the President and Professional Continuing Education Sponsor for the Illinois Association of County Auditors. In those role, John certifies that County Auditors have received their statutorily required continuing education on an annual basis. Additionally, John has organized continuing education sessions, not only for the County Auditors, but for County Employees and interested community members. Thanks to his network of professionals, these sessions were offerd at no cost to the County.
John is a graduate of the GFOA Acounting Academy, an educational series geared for government finance professionals. He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois/United Counties Council of Illinois Leadership Academy, and since his graduation in 2014, has been a featured speaker on county financial and budget issues at UCCI.
At home, John has taken an active role in Champaign County's education community, serving in the past as a trustee and later as secretary of the Board of Trustees at the High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign.
John and his wife, Stephanie, are currently actively involved with Holy Cross Church and Elementary School in Champaign, where their son, Nate, is a second grader. Together, they serve as Vice Presidents of the Parent Teacher Club, an organization dedicated to enhancing the school experience and assisting classroom teachers to have the resources necessary to complete their mission.
Additionally, John is a Holy Cross Parent Ambassador, a position aiming at welcoming families to the school community.
In 1995, John achieved the pinnacle of Scouting, the Eagle Scout Award. Today he continues to lead his life following the twelve points of the Scout Law, useful guidance in both his personal and professional activities.
As an Eagle Scout, John has a duty to the Scouting movement to give back, not just thorugh finacial gifts, but through time and talent. As such, John serves as a member of the Executive Board of Prairielands Council Boy Scouts, an organization administering the Scouting program to thousands of youth in two states. As Vice President of Administration, John oversees personnel matters, risk management, and general administration issues.
John is also active at a local level, serving as Den Leader for his son Nate's pack at Holy Cross School.