continued The transition has been really uneventful. Everyone here – from the mayor and board to the employees and the residents have all been wonderful. The job is not very different from the one I left – the characteristics of the community are slightly different, however the job is relatively the same.
What are your goals in your position?
My goals are to help the mayor and the board gain a clear picture of the village finances at all times and to help them continue to look for ways to provide the same services more cost-effectively; and most importantly, to provide the residents of this community with exemplary customer service.
How is the budget preparation going? What steps are you taking to make it a smooth process?
Because I just started full time on Jan. 3, I am now finishing getting the up-to-date numbers needed to start the budget process. The department heads have already started working on preparing their budgets and by the end of February we should have a good idea of what the preliminary budget is going to look like. I guess it’s as smooth a process as it can be given the vacancy in the clerk-treasurer position for six-and-a-half months.
What do you foresee in the future – both with the village itself and with your involvement as clerk/treasurer?
Well, I hope I am here in the future. I would like nothing more than to finish out my career here. It is a beautiful community with a lot of wonderful people. I believe that the experience and commitment that I bring, coupled with the enthusiasm and dedication of the mayor and the board will be a great benefit to the residents here.
Jennifer Wing is Managing Editor at Eagle Newspapers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.