This is what the Charter stated the Financial Director job is comprised of.

The Town Manager is the main communicator for the Town as well as making certain all work required by the Town Council or the Citizens are completed timely in his or her position,

The person who is most essential in a small Town is the Financial Director, but that is certainly not the case in our Town.  The Town Manager feels she is queen Bee but obviously she has been nothing but a Wood Bee destructing the town.

 I have again listed Pam’s job description as Finance Director below.  It has always been up to the finance director to apprise the manager first of any problems with our finances and  after determining what is happening the Town Manager then brings it to the Town Council.

This is where White Springs has always gone wrong.  We worry about our Town Managers but allow someone who maybe have only a high school education to handle our so called “finances” but who has not and cannot handle the job of her job description.  It is time for Pam Tomlinson to retire since it would be worse if after all of these years, she is fired.  At least it would give her some dignity but truly we need someone who has knowledge of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principals plus the Government Accounting Standards.

Normally since we are a small operation, perhaps some accounting firm or staffing company could allow an employees to work part-time However, having our accounting mess confirmed we will need someone very versed in accounting and finance. It will take a village of us to clean it up.

Once we clean up Pam’s mess we can then move on to either hiring an accounting person part time by changing the job description to accounting or bookkeeper and place the burden of all financial reports that are in the Finance Director’s job description back to the Town Manager, because it is the Town Manager’s duties to make certain the Town is afloat not a mere bookkeeper which is barely what Pam is today.  Titles mean squat if you cannot do the job and frankly these financial duties belong with the Town Manager who should have a degree and should handle all areas of the Town rather than just sit in their office and do nothing.

Now the bookkeeper still has to input all debits and credits and keep grants and other areas separate, such as the LOFT funds and it will be up to the Town Manager to apprise the bookkeeper of how it should be done.

THE FINANCE DIRECTOR POSITION per THE WHITE SPRINGS CHARTER

  • Serves as Chief Financial Officer and principal financial adviser to the Mayor, City Council and City Administrator; provides leadership, direction, and guidance in financial strategies and priorities; compiles, evaluates, and analyzes financial data; recommends and implements solutions; ensures financial activities and procedures are in compliance with all laws, policies, regulations, and accounting standards.

  • Develops and directs financial plans and policies to meet City goals; interprets concerns, defines desired results, develops solutions, and determines scope and priorities of programs and special projects.

  • Analyzes financial information on City operations, evaluates City’s needs, and recommends financial resource requirements; reviews and monitors status reports and recommends appropriate actions; oversees the preparation of and presents financial forecasts and status reports to City Council; ensures effective communication of financial issues.

  • Monitors Finance Department operations and internal financial controls; ensures the quality of the financial activities, services, and work products; prepares statistical analysis to evaluate trends and financial status; develops revenue and expenditure forecasts and recommends budget adjustments.

  • Coordinates development of City budget and recommends funding allocations; monitors budget, revenue, and expenditure trends;

  • Coordinates Finance Department activities and issues with elected officials, outside agencies, boards, and commissions; interprets and explains City policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.

  • Directs staff and provides leadership and guidance; develops priorities and assigns tasks and projects; develops staff skills and training plans; conducts performance evaluations; meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve priorities and workload and technical issues.

  • Supports the relationship between the City  and the constituent population by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with clients, visitors, and City staff; promotes the City goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.

  • Maintains confidentiality of work-related issues, client records, and City information; performs related duties as required or assigned.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in Finance or Accounting and five years’ of progressively responsible and related public sector experience or a bachelor’s degree in the same areas and ten years of progressively responsible and related public sector experience. CPA is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of:

  • City organization, operations, policies, and procedures.

  • Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) standards; recommended practices, policies, rules, and regulatory reporting requirements.

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Principles for Public Sector financial management, including payroll, treasury, grant funds, and public debt management.

  • Legal, ethical, and professional rules of conduct for municipal finance officers.

  • Techniques and practices for effective and efficient management of allocated resources, including personnel administration, labor law, and risk management.

  • Record keeping and file maintenance principles and procedures.

  • Business and personal computers, and financial spreadsheet software applications.

  • General ledger reconciliation standards.

  • Local community issues and regional community resources available to citizens.

The ideal candidate will be skilled in:

  • Reading, interpreting, understanding, and applying accounting standards and procedures, applicable Federal and State rules and regulations, and City policies and procedures.

  • Analyzing financial issues, evaluating alternatives, and developing recommendations and strategies.

  • Analyzing City needs and prioritizing and promoting financial strategies to meet future needs.

  • Monitoring and interpreting financial documents, and ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements governing municipal financial activities.

  • Reviewing interrelated financial and technical records, and identifying and reconciling errors.

  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.

  • Directing and leading staff, and delegating tasks and authority.

  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.

  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects, and demands

 

TOMMIE JONES STATED HE WOULD BE ASKING THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES AS TO WHAT A FINANCIAL DIRECTOR DOES.  YET OUR CHARTER AND THE JOB DESCRIPTION IN TOWN HALL HAS DONE SO ALREADY.   I HAVE READ MANY ADS RELATING TO THIS POSITION ON THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES SITE AND THEY ALL HAVE ELEMENTS OF THE AFOREMENTIONED.  WE JUST DID NOT HAVE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THIS JOB AND IT IS NOT AFFECTING OUR BOTTOM LINE AND MAKING NOT ONLY MR. JONE’S LIFE MISERABLE BUT OUR ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE CPA MR. WHITEHEAD A BIT STUNNED.

 

Karin for the blog

Thank you Walter and Tonja.  You didn’t listen to the Citizens on Pam’s situation and this problem was on your watch; you did not keep control of Townsend either on your watch; You allowed money to flow out of the town even though complaints were made like the Hutcherson issue; you ignored the Letter of No Confidence the Fire Department gave us so that we were stuck with no fire department for two years and I am certain if Joe was writing this he could go on and on.  Get your act straight.  If Tommie Jones does not hang in there, no one else who is experienced will wish to work for us because our finances are a mess….so Thank you for doing nothing in all of these decades.

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