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Joseph Lamar Harris

Joseph Lamar Harris, American state official. Certified Public Accountant Florida, Alabama; certified government finance manager. Named to Troy State University Accounting Hall of Honor, 2003; recipient Certified of Appreciation, Office of the Governor State of Ala, 1987.


  • Harris, Joseph Lamar was born on March 26, 1951 in Pensacola, Florida, United States. Son of Joseph Erlis and Mazie Lois (Plant) Harris.

  • Education

    • Associate of Arts in Business, Pensacola Junior College, 1971. Bachelor in Accounting magna cum laude, University West Florida, 1973.


    • Staff accountant Touche Ross and Company, Atlanta, 1974-1975. Division accountant Gulf Power Company, Pensacola, Florida, 1975. Field auditor Audit Agency, Department of Health, Montgomery, Alabama, 1975-1977.

      Budget analyst II Alabama Budget Office, 1977-1982, budget analyst III, 1982-1985, budget analyst IV, 1985-1987. Acting budget officer, deputy state budget officer State of Alabama, 1987-1988, deputy state budget officer, 1987-1996. Executive director Alabama Board Public Accountancy, since 1996.

      Board directors Alabama Governor's Legislation First Reading Committee, Montgomery, 1984—1996. Board directors, secretary, treasurer Alabama Board Public Accountancy, 1989—1994. Chairman state advisory group Alabama Management Improvement Program, Montgomery, 1987—1989.

      Member advisory council governmental accountant, auditor training program Auburn University, 1992—1997.

    Major achievements

    • Certified Public Accountant Florida, Alabama. Certified government finance manager.


    Party affiliation: member Assembly of God Church


    Denomination: Assembly of God Church


    Member of Alabama Association Accountants, National Association State Boards Accountancy (government relations committee 1990-1993, strategic initiatives committee 1997-1999, since 2002, executive directors committee 1998—2000, examinations committee 1999—2000, ethics committee 2001-2002), Alabama State Employees Association, Government Finance Officers Association Alabama (legislation committee 1995-1996), Association Government Accountants (chapter treasurer 1975-1977, chapter programs director 1996-1997, chapter scholarships committee 1997-1998, programs committee 1998—2000), Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (state legislation committee 1981—2002, Outstanding Certified Public Accountant in Government award 1997-1998), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Certified Public Accountant examination content oversight task force 1999—2001).



    Hunting, sports card collecting.


    • Married Elizabeth Gail Golden, December 15, 1973. Children: Heather Brooke, Brandon Lamar.
    • father: Joseph Erlis Harris
    • mother: Mazie Lois (Plant) Harris
    • spouse: Elizabeth Gail Golden
    • children: Heather Brooke Harris
    • Brandon Lamar Harris
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    Born March 26, 1951
    (age 66)