City names Wil­liam Smith new fi­nance di­rec­tor

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

Cov­ing­ton has hired a new fi­nance di­rec­tor to re­place Leigh Anne Knight, who was ap­pointed city man­ager ear­lier this year.

Wil­liam Ran­dall “Randy” Smith comes from Peachtree City, where he was the city’s ac­count­ing man­ager, and has the gov­ern­men­tal fi­nance and ac­count­ing back­ground the city was seek­ing, ac­cord­ing to Per­son­nel Di­rec­tor Ron­nie Cowan.

“He has pre­vi­ous work ex­pe­ri­ence in bank­ing, fi­nance and au­dit­ing. Mr. Smith pos­sesses the de­meanor, char­ac­ter, and prior ex­pe­ri­ence that the city was seek­ing in fill­ing the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties (of fi­nance di­rec­tor),” Cowan said in an email.

The salary range for this po­si­tion is $66,706 -$98,675, Cowan said, and Smith will make $93,912 based on his ed­u­ca­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence and cre­den­tials. His first day will be Aug. 26.

“Af­ter sev­eral in­ter­views with Mr. Smith, his will­ing­ness to work and do what­ever was nec­es­sary was ap­par­ent, and those qual­i­ties are much needed in our govern­ment to­day,” Knight said in an email.

Hav­ing served in the po­si­tion for nearly four years,

Knight knows the fi­nance di­rec­tor po­si­tion well.

“I be­lieve the most im­por­tant duty of the fi­nance di­rec­tor is the fidu­ciary re­spon­si­bil­ity to cus­tomers and cit­i­zens for the fi­nances of the govern­ment. This is a rather broad duty, but if some­one un­der­stands and up­holds their fidu­ciary re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fi­nances, the other daily, weekly and monthly tasks seem to fall into place,” Knight said. “Ob­vi­ously at­ten­tion to de­tail, trust­wor­thi­ness and (be­ing a) hard worker are char­ac­ter traits that I be­lieve are vi­tal to the suc­cess­ful can­di­date.”

The city re­ceived 15 to­tal ap­pli­ca­tions, and seven can­di­dates met the min­i­mum job qual­i­fi­ca­tions, Cowan said. The city ended up in­ter­view­ing six of them and se­lected two fi­nal­ists. One fi­nal­ist with­drew his/ her name from con­sid­er­a­tion, and the city se­lected Smith, Cowan said. Smith has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ac­count­ing from the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia and is a cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­coun­tant.

He worked in Peachtree City since April 2012, where he man­aged the ac­count­ing depart­ment and worked with pay­roll, util­ity billing and the city’s an­nual au­dit, ac­cord­ing to his city ap­pli­ca­tion.

He pre­vi­ously worked as the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer at En­ter­prise Bank­ing Co. in McDonough for nearly four years, as a se­nior ac­coun­tant with ac­count­ing firm with Land and As­so­ciates in El­li­jay for two years, and as a se­nior au­di­tor with ac­count­ing firm Moore and Cubbedge in Ma­ri­etta for three years. He fre­quently worked on govern­ment au­dits at pre­vi­ous jobs.

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