Shenandoah County native takes finance post

By Alex Bridges

A Shenandoah County native has joined the local government office staff.

Matthew “Matt” Green began his role as the county accountant Thursday. Green fills a newly created position in the county administration that was recommended by a consulting firm.

Reached by phone at his office Friday, Green acknowledged that he’s still learning about his position. But Green said he expects to work alongside Budget Manager Garland Miller and other staff in the administrative office. Green said he likely will be assisting with work on the county budgets and other financial governmental functions.

“It was always a dream of mine, when I moved to Maryland, to some day get back here and things kind of fell in place,” Green said.

County Administrator Mary Beth T. Price advised the Board of Supervisors on Thursday of Green’s hiring. Price said Friday that Green was one of 17 people who applied for the position. Green will receive a salary of $37,865, Price said.

The county budget for the last fiscal year included a finance position that went unfilled, Price said. Auditors in recent years had recommended that the county create additional finance positions in the administration to help separate the duties among staff. Price noted that she currently serves as backup for Accounts Manager Lori Clinedinst. When the board hired Price last year, supervisors allowed her to create and fill the position.

“We are pleased that we are finally able to accomplish that financial support and that it is a [certified public accountant],” Price said.

The assistant county administrator position, formerly held by Price, also remains unfilled. The county is advertising to fill that position. The county should save money in the current budget because it has not filled the assistant post, Price said. However, spending may increase in the 2015 budget, she added.

Green, 52, grew up in Mount Jackson and graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1979. He attended James Madison University. Green went to work for Westinghouse Electric in Baltimore, Md., which later was acquired by Northrup Grumman. Green worked for both companies for about 13 years. He then went worked for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., for about eight years.

Green’s family then returned to Shenandoah County and moved to New Market. Green commuted to his job at the university for two years before he decided that the drive was too much. Green looked for work closer to home. He worked at Perdue Farms in Bridgewater and then at Thermo Fisher Scientific near Middletown.

But, for family reasons, Green said he decided to pursue a career in education.

“So I kind of got out of the finance-business world,” Green said. “It’s something that I’d always wanted to do.”

Green went through the career-switchers program held by Shenandoah University around 2008. Green received qualifications needed to work as a teacher in public schools. For about the past five years, Green worked as a teaching assistant in both the Page and Rockingham County public school systems.

“Then I decided I missed the finance world too much and wanted to get back,” Green recalled. “I saw the opening at the county and said ‘hey, that sounds like a great opportunity’ so that’s what led me to the county job.”

Green said he saw the advertisement for the county job around this past Thanksgiving. But he didn’t have much time to prepare and file his application in time for the early December deadline.

“I had been thinking about it and then, actually, when I was home with my family, we were all together and decided that I was ready to make a move,” Green said. “Then it was just coincidence that I discovered there was an opening in the county and I was very fortunate to get my application in time.”

In addition to his CPA, Green also holds a master’s degree in financial management from Johns Hopkins University.

Green’s wife, Teresa, a Stonewall graduate who also has a background in accounting, works as the town treasurer for New Market. The Greens have two children — one a recent graduate of Stonewall Jackson now attending Radford University and the other currently enrolled as a freshman at the high school.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com