Warren County seeks new finance chief

Warren County will need a new finance director in a few months.

Carolyn Stimmel said Tuesday that she plans to retire at the end of April after 15 years with the county. Stimmel oversees an office of four full-time workers, including herself, and one, part-time employee.

The county began to advertise the position Dec. 19. County Administrator Douglas Stanley said Monday their hope is to find someone prior to Stimmel’s retirement date and fill the position by March to create overlap with her and the successor.

“It’s something we’ve been trying to prepare for,” Stanley said. “It’s one of the reasons that we created a deputy finance position a couple of years ago, was to get somebody else in there that can help out with the day-to-day operations of the department.

“We haven’t done it in 15 years, so it’s going to be a little different for us,” Stanley added.

The administrator noted that finance officials in smaller jurisdictions, or deputy directors in larger governments, might find the position attractive, as would workers in the private sector.

Stimmel’s retirement will occur around the time that the Board of Supervisors usually hold the required public hearing on next year’s proposed budget and tax rates, and possibly vote on those items. Stanley said he hopes Stimmel will be on hand to help the county move through that part of the budget-approval process.

The county is advertising a salary range of $70,166-$106,766. Responsibilities include handling the basic functions of the finance office and preparing the fiscal budget currently at $95.4 million; coordinating the external auditing process and overseeing the Comprehensive Services Act office, among other regular tasks.

The county hasn’t changed the requirements of the director position.

“Carolyn’s pretty qualified being that she’s a [certified public accountant], so she sets the bar pretty high,” Stanley said. “Obviously we want somebody who has a degree in accounting and a related field, a CPA preferred and also would prefer somebody with local-government experience.

“The finance director position is one of the more important positions in the local government given all the red tape that goes along with doing what we do,” Stanley added. “There’s quite a bit of expertise that’s needed to be able to navigate the world of public finance.”

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