I’m passionate about governmental accounting. I’ve spent my whole professional career in government. I want to make sure that I am passing down any knowledge that I’ve obtained to the others I’m working with. I also want to make sure my clients are well-taken care of, satisfied and happy with the services I’m providing.

About Marilyn

As head of the Government niche, Marilyn Mays specializes in auditing and consulting services. She uses her more than 25 years in the accounting industry to ensure that audits for her clients go as smoothly as possible. Marilyn focuses on educating her clients as well as maintaining open communication so that when questions come up throughout the year they know that they can call her.

Before joining Henry+Horne in 2002, Marilyn worked with the Finance Department of the City of Casa Grande for 12 years. That is where she gained extensive, hands-on experience with governmental finance, preparing annual financial reports, bank reconciliations and handling year-end closing and preparation for auditors.

Marilyn also worked as a Business Manager with Maine Consolidated School District in Parks, Arizona and is a former owner of a small construction business.

Outside of work, you can find Marilyn spending time with her family. A little known fact: she has a twin sister. One of her big dreams includes taking a cruise through the Panama Canal.


Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Firm Roles

Audit + Accounting Committee


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants

Government Finance Officers Association, Review Committee

Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary, Finance Committee

Did You Know?

If you weren’t an accountant, what would you be?

I’d probably be in the medical field.

If you could have any super power, what ability would you want?

To have all the time in the world. I wouldn’t have to sleep. I could just do fun stuff and enjoy life.

What would be impossible for you to give up?


What is your favorite sports team?

Arizona Diamondbacks.

Blog Posts by Marilyn

South Dakota v Wayfair: landmark sales tax decision
Government GPS
July 2018
Is your government entity secure from cyberattacks?
Government GPS
October 2017
Heard about the New Overtime Rule?
Government GPS
August 2016
New Auditee Resource Center on the AICPA Website
Government GPS
October 2012
How are the New Accounting Standards for State and Government Pensions Going to Affect Me?
Government GPS
July 2012
Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (GASB) Addition to the Financial Statement Elements and Implementation of GASB 65
Government GPS
May 2012
Check Out GFOA’s Six New Best Practices that were Adopted in January 2012
Government GPS
March 2012
What is the Appropriate Level of Cash Reserves?
Government GPS
January 2012

Articles by Marilyn

A momentous court decision regarding sales tax
Summer 2018
Paying online sales tax is a good thing. Really!
Spring 2018
Controls over non-capitalized assets...really?
Winter 2018
How to report fraud relating to federal funds
Fall 2017
Continual Awareness Regarding Public Pension Reform
Fall 2016
Is the Marketplace Fairness Act Important to State and Local Government?
Summer 2016
The Importance of Government's Continuing Disclosure Requirements
Spring 2016
Resources for Auditees to Help with Audit Quality
Winter 2016