David Ferris, CPA
I love working with clients and helping them achieve their goals. This may include everything from accounting assistance to helping clients find ways to finance projects that improve their communities.

David Ferris, CPA

Senior Municipal Advisor
David Ferris, CPA

David is a Senior Municipal Advisor who works with municipal clients across Wisconsin to create and execute longer-term financial plans that help advance their central missions and deliver generational benefits to their communities. He brings to his role more than 14 years of experience providing audit, compliance and consulting services to state and local governments. Prior to joining Ehlers, David spent 16 years as Finance Director with the Village of Waunakee. Our clients rely on David’s first-hand expertise in local government accounting and finance.

David lives in Lake Mills with his wife Karen. David has a daughter Kayla, who graduated from Drake University in 2018 and a son Zach, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2021 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree. When he’s not working, David enjoys playing golf, playing and watching hockey, listening to audio books and spending time at his in-law’s lake house in Freedom, New Hampshire.

Areas of Expertise

Debt Issuance & Management

  • General Obligation & Revenue Debt
  • Refundings / Cash Defeasances

Economic Development & Redevelopment

  • Tax Increment District Creation & Amendments

Financial Management Planning

  • Financial Management Plans
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  • Budget Model Development
  • Project Impact Analysis

Licenses & Certifications

Series 50  License: Municipal Advisor Representative
Certified Public Accountant

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Governmental Finance Officers Association
Wisconsin Governmental Finance Officers Association
Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin


Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Accounting, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire