Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Shape Up Finance Team

If ever there was a time that the city needed all hands on board for fiscal matters, this is it.

But where do we stand? The state Division of Local Government Services demanded an end to having an "acting" CFO and yet that's how certifications are signed. The city had an acting director of Administration, Finance, Health & Social Services on Jan. 1, to end Jan. 31. No word has been given on the director's status since. If there is still an acting director, the 90-day term allowed for one will be up in three weeks.

Is the city going to enter a crucial budget preparation season again without a strong financial team?

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Jim Pivnichny said...

You are right on the mark. Now is the time to begin work on the SFY 2010-11 budget, and having good financial leadership in place is essential. The city should be on the verge of hiring a permanent CFO, namely city resident and councilman Adrian Mapp. If Mr. Mapp needs to leave council to work for the city, his role as CFO would be more important. Retaining Bibi Taylor as city administrator appears to have been a good move. Let's hope that this time the mayor again does the right thing.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Rob said...


10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope everyone who speaks at the next council meeting includes a question on where the administration is on the 2011 budget.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's be honest here, Mr. Mapp is fighting for more money, 110-120 thousand for the position. I can use my votes to terminate people, but the city needs to pay me more money to work here. Nevermind the salary bands, that is not enough for me....I want more.

Funny how things change when you are placed in front of the camera. The council should approve waiving the salary band that they approved for THIS candidate. Something smells here.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 6:27pm - The council took a reduction in pay. Councilman Mapp refused benefits when he was working.

And the mayor, who should be setting the example, gave up.... NOTHING.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Councilman Mapp gave up his benefits because as a fulltime employee in another town he and his family were already covered. Let's get the facts straight, please.

4:20 PM  

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