PKF O’Connor Davies Welcomes Scott Clelland as Partner
Arrival of recognized industry expert enriches capabilities of Firm’s Public Sector practice
PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax and advisory firms, today announced that it has hired Scott Clelland as Partner in its Public Sector practice. With nearly four decades of experience serving clients across the public sector, Clelland is a renowned expert frequently consulted by school districts, municipalities, authorities, colleges and universities, state agencies and not-for-profit organizations. His hiring reflects an ongoing effort by the Firm to strategically bolster one of its fastest growing practice areas.
“Scott has established himself across New Jersey as the go-to expert on all matters of public sector accounting, and we are fortunate to now count him as a member of our team,” said Kevin J. Keane, Executive Chairman at PKF O’Connor Davies. “The connections he’s formed and the expertise he’s gained over the course of his career make him a major asset to our clients and the Firm as a whole.”
Before joining the Firm, Clelland amassed considerable public sector experience while working for one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and one of the largest regional firms serving the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. Over the years, numerous governmental and not-for-profit entities have involved him in special projects, including forensic audits, performance audits and internal control evaluations. He has also been frequently called upon to assist state agencies, regulators and other organizations with presentations, training and the adoption of new standards and regulations. Clelland joins the Firm’s Cranford, New Jersey, office.
“I’ve gotten to know PKF O’Connor Davies extremely well during my time working in the New York-New Jersey area, and there is no other firm like it in the region,” Clelland said. “The organization’s expertise and client service are top notch, as are its culture and work environment. I am excited for this next step in my career and the opportunities it presents for me and my clients.”
Clelland is an accomplished accountant honored by organizations across New Jersey. The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) has recognized him as one of the top 50 CPAs over 50, and he has been named to the organization’s ALIST for governmental auditors. In addition to NJCPA, Clelland remains affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA), the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) and the Registered Municipal Accountant’s Association of New Jersey (RMAA). He is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, a Registered Municipal Accountant in New Jersey and a Licensed Public School Accountant in New Jersey. Clelland graduated from Muhlenberg College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration.
PKF O’Connor Davies continues to expand through organic growth and acquisitions on the East Coast and beyond. It has supported this growth with a strategic combination of promoting from within coupled with an ongoing focus on top-tier external hires.