By Alex Bridges
A Woodstock town official in charge of finances takes over a similar post for Shenandoah County next month.
Mandy R. Belyea fills the newly created director of finance position beginning July 1, the county announced in a press release issued Tuesday. Belyea currently works as Woodstock's finance director, a job she has held since 2006 when the town created the position. Belyea will receive a salary of $80,524 in the county position. She currently earns $76,218 in Woodstock.
Belyea said Tuesday she had aspired to work for the county. But she called the move "bittersweet."
"The town of Woodstock will always have a special place in my heart and I love all the employees and the staff that I've worked with," Belyea said. "But this is the next step in my career."
"I want to continue to help make the county move forward and I'm excited about that," Belyea added.
The county received five applications for the position and officials interviewed three applicants, according to information from Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass.
A longtime resident of Shenandoah County, Belyea, 34, graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1998. Belyea holds a bachelor of arts degree from Bridgewater College and a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Tech. She also is a certified public accountant in Virginia. Prior to her time in Woodstock, Belyea worked for the international public accounting firm KPMG LLP, where she oversaw federal and local government audits.
County officials created the finance director position earlier this spring when longtime Budget Manager Garland Miller Jr. announced he would leave to take a job working for Winchester Public Schools. Around the same time, county officials also reworked the accounting technician position held currently by Matthew Green.
In addition to managing municipal government budgets, Belyea explained that she also has experience in creating the comprehensive annual financial reports. Belyea said one of her goals when joining Woodstock was for the town to receive the annual Government Finance Officers Association award for the financial report. Belyea said the new position with the county should allow her to work both on the budgeting side of government as well as in financial accounting.
"I think it's going to be more challenging, which actually is another reason that I wanted to take this position," Belyea said. "But I think it's very similar but just on a larger scale."
The search for Belyea's replacement should begin soon, Woodstock Town Manager Reid Wodicka said Tuesday.
"Mandy's been a key part of our group for a long time and, while we're going to miss her a lot we are certainly excited for her new challenges and opportunities she's going to have in the county and glad she's not going to be too far away," Wodicka said.
The town manager said there are no plans to change the finance director post. Whether the town will require applicants to be certified public accountants remains uncertain.
"It's a key and vital position," Reid said. "We're going to take some time to find the right person for the job."
Belyea and her husband, Daniel, have three children. Belyea said the family is having a new home built in the Quicksburg area.
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