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OUR TEAM

Our Partners, managers, supervisory personnel, and technical consultants are uniquely qualified to serve you. All possess extensive experience in accounting, auditing, and consulting for a variety of organizations.  Since you will see a great deal of hands-on interaction from our Partners during our services to you, we would like to give you the opportunity to get to know them a bit better.  Please scroll down for more information about us.

BILL KENNEDY
CPA

Background and Experience

 

As Managing Partner for Kennedy Cottrell Richards, Bill has responsibility for directing a variety of services provided to the firm’s clients, including State agencies, school districts, counties, cities, villages, townships, libraries, and small businesses.  Services include audits, and other attestation engagements, account reconciliations, and consulting services. He has extensive experience working with Government Auditing Standards, OMB Circular A-133/Uniform Guidance, the Ohio Medicaid in Schools Program, and Ohio Compliance. He also is responsible for many of the executive functions of the firm.

 

Before joining Kennedy Cottrell Richards, Bill was an Audit Manager for the State Government Region of the Auditor of State’s office where he gained extensive experience in accounting and auditing for State-level government agencies and significant knowledge of their operations and internal control structures. Before joining the Auditor of State’s office, Bill was an auditor for the Ohio Department of Taxation, where he was responsible for performing audits of Ohio individual and business income tax returns and technical research of various State and Federal tax issues.

 

Over the years, Bill has been involved as a speaker for audit and accounting training sessions for several different organizations, including the Ohio Treasurer of State, Ohio Auditor of State, the Ohio Department of Taxation, the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association, the Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants, and the Ohio Mayor’s Court Clerks Association.

 

School Degree, Professional Certifications, and Designations

 

Bill earned his BSBA degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University. He is licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio. 

 

Service to the Community  

 

Bill recently served for eight years on the Executive Committee for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants. Bill has also served for several years as Treasurer for three local non-profit organizations, and he has served as a member of the Audit Committee for the Franklin County Clerk of Courts.

 

Professional Affiliations

 

Bill is a member of the following professional organizations:

 

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Association of Government Accountants

  • Ohio Government Finance Officers Association

JARED COTTRELL
CPA

Background and Experience

 

As a Partner for Kennedy Cottrell Richards, Jared has responsibility for the management of a variety of services provided to the firm’s clients.  These services include financial statement audits and preparations, consulting projects, account reconciliations, and agreed-upon procedures engagements.  The various types of clients Jared has served include:  State agencies, school districts, counties, cities, villages, townships, libraries, community improvement corporations, and financing authorities.

 

Before joining Kennedy Cottrell Richards in 2000, Jared was an Audit Supervisor with the Office of the Auditor of State.  While with the Auditor of State’s office, Jared acquired extensive knowledge of internal control structures and was responsible for the supervision and management of a number of State agency audits.

 

Each year since 2003, Jared has presented a governmental accounting course on behalf of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association.  In addition, Jared has presented numerous governmental accounting and auditing courses as a member of the AICPA’s faculty of teaching professionals.

 

School Degree, Professional Certifications, and Designations

 

Jared earned his BSBA degree in Accounting from the University of Toledo. He is licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio. 


Service to the Community

 

From 2003 to 2008, Jared served in varying capacities, including both Treasurer and President, for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.  From 2007 to 2013, Jared was elected to two consecutive three-year terms on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association.  In 2014, Jared was appointed to serve as Treasurer of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association, an appointment he still serves.      


Professional Affiliations

 

Jared is a member of the following professional organizations:

 

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Ohio Government Finance Officers Association

  • Association of Government Accountants

KEN RICHARDS
CPA

Background and Experience

 

Ken is a Partner with Kennedy Cottrell Richards and has responsibility for the management of a variety services including audit and other attestation engagements, and consulting services. He has extensive experience working with Government Auditing Standards, OMB Circular A-133/Uniform Guidance, the Ohio Medicaid in Schools Program, and Ohio Compliance.  In addition, Ken has approximately nine years of experience working for the Auditor of State of Ohio as a financial audit manager and as a Senior Deputy Auditor in charge of the fraud division.

 

Ken has instructed many technical courses for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Governmental Accountants, various CPA firms, and several professional societies and governments in Ohio, and he is a faculty member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Ken and his wife Katie and their children, Sarah and Max, live in Granville, Ohio.

School Degree, Professional Certifications, and Designations

Ken earned his BSBA degree in Accounting from Walsh University. He is licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio. He is also a licensed Ohio School District Treasurer.

 

 

 

 

Service to the Community

Ken is a technical review committee member for the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) where he volunteers his time to review Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs) for governments that participate in the award-winning program. Ken has served as Treasurer for the Granville Schools Levy Committee and the Friends of the Granville Public Library.  He recently finished his term as a trustee of the Granville Public Library where he also chaired the Finance Committee. 

Professional Affiliations

Ken is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Ohio Government Finance Officers Association

  • Association of Government Accountants

  • Ohio Association of School Business Officials

In 2018, Ken successfully achieved the AICPA's Advanced Single Audit Certificate, which demonstrates his ability to plan, perform and evaluate Single Audits in accordance with the latest requirements of the Uniform Guidance.