Town seeks finance director

Published 1:57 pm Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The town of Farmville is seeking to hire a director of administration and finance.

The new position came as a result of a closed session discussion during Farmville Town Council’s Nov. 9 meeting.

David Whitus

David Whitus

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“The town has grown, and the demands on the town manager and staff continue to increase,” said Farmville Mayor David Whitus. “So, the council felt like it was time to add an additional administrative position in the form of this director of finance and administration.”

The responsibilities will “be more or less what the town manager delegates to them,” Whitus said of the specific duties of the position.

According to Town Manager Gerald Spates, overseeing the town budget, financial operations, administration and purchase orders would be part of the new position.

“Just the day-to-day administration stuff that we take for granted. We need somebody really to be up-to-date on all the laws and everything,” Spates said.

The position will be under Spates’ supervision, with responsibilities for the administrative part of the treasurer’s office.

Spates said the annual salary would be about $80,000.

“Basically take care of all the budgets, the audits,” Spates said. “Check the budget throughout the year to make sure we’re in good shape financially.”

The town’s fiscal year 2016-17 operating budget totals $26.4 million.

Personnel policies, recommendations on new programs and ordinance revisions would be part of the position, Spates said.

Gerald Spates

Gerald Spates

He said the town hopes to have the position filled within two to three months.

The town is also seeking to hire a communications specialist, a position that would include handling the town’s public relations. The town recently began advertising for that position.