DAYTONA Seashore SHORES — When Kurt Swartzlander, 51, was appointed town supervisor earlier this yr, a single of the first tasks the previous finance director confronted was using the services of his substitution.
Swartzlander promoted Lory Irwin, 48, from assistant finance director to finance director — she started on Saturday, June 4.
Irwin joined the city nine several years in the past as the accountant in the finance department and labored her way to assistant finance director in February 2017, doing the job carefully along with Swartzlander.
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“I’m enthusiastic about this new prospect and believe that my schooling and knowledge have ready me well,” Irwin wrote in an electronic mail to The News-Journal. “I’ve realized a large amount about fiscal administration from Kurt over the previous four yrs, and he will proceed to be my mentor. We expect a clean changeover, and I’m hunting ahead to doing the job with Kurt and the rest of the administration staff on the city’s monetary soundness.”
As director, Irwin will regulate the finance division, like accounts payable, accounts receivable and utility billing. She will prepare the once-a-year monetary studies assist the town supervisor in planning and checking the city’s yearly funds administer the city’s financial commitment method make certain TRIM (Fact in Millage) compliance FEMA reporting compliance and preparing and grant solicitation and compliance, in accordance to a launch from the town.
Irwin attended SUNY Institute of Engineering in her native New York for her undergraduate and Master of Accountancy levels.
She is a accredited public accountant and a Florida-accredited government finance officer. Upon relocating to Florida 11 a long time in the past, Irwin served as a product sales tax auditor for the Florida Department of Earnings and later on as the accounting manager for the Council on Getting old of Volusia County.
Following shelling out off more than $10 million in financial debt early very last year, the town is in “a excellent situation monetarily,” Swartzlander claimed in a push launch. Irwin said that the department has been working the city like a enterprise, “using a conservative fiscal tactic.”
“We recognize that our citizens and businesses are the shareholders, and we operate quite challenging to safeguard their fairness,” she stated. “Specifically, our approach is to regulate prolonged-phrase liabilities and recurring expenditures, to constantly funds for depreciation and to be careful about expending. We acquire that fiscal obligation quite critically.”
Irwin additional that a steady management team and good programs will be essential to sustaining the metropolis “on the ideal path with our financial place.”
“Like all governments and firms, there are often potential worries,” Irwin stated. “We do our best to program to upcoming economical requires, but changes in the economy and temperature emergencies can at times consequence in surprising charges. We are consistently trying to keep our eye on likely issues and reply if and when we need to have to.”
Irwin is the existing president of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Govt Finance Officers Association. She is also the city’s unexpected emergency administration liaison at the Volusia County EOC throughout emergencies.
Irwin’s yearly salary will be $110,000.
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Possessing worked with the city’s new finance director for the past four many years, Swartzlander is assured in Irwin’s abilities as he began his individual new job in the metropolis on Monday.
“Lory has served in a leadership part in finance for various decades and has proven herself to be an exceptional chief with robust abilities in budgeting and monetary reporting,” Swartzlander claimed in a push launch. “She embraces Daytona Seashore Shores’ conservative fiscal strategy and dedication to economic excellence, and I know she will be a precious addition to our administration crew.”
The City Council appointed Swartzlander as the city’s next city supervisor earlier this yr, after Michael Booker introduced his programs to retire. Booker had been in the submit for 22 yrs — he has been in cancer procedure since 2020.
Swartzlander was at first expected to phase in in July as metropolis supervisor nonetheless, Booker and his wife, who is a teacher, desired far more time off in the summer.
Swartzlander had been serving as assistant town manager for around a yr. He mentioned he designs to build on the basis laid by Booker and the Town Council about the past two a long time.
Amongst his priorities as metropolis supervisor are recruiting staff for tough-to-fill positions, advancing technological know-how and automatic services, and upgrading the sewer procedure in partnership with neighboring governments.
“The metropolis is in a excellent placement, monetarily,” Swartzlander mentioned. “As leaders, we have to strike the suitable balance among offering the superior-high-quality solutions our residents are accustomed to, setting up for a wet day with sufficient reserves, and taking care of the finances adequately to maintain the tax level very low.”
Swartzlander is initially from Michigan, exactly where he been given his undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo Faculty, then earned a Learn of Company Administration degree from Stetson University in DeLand. His to start with federal government placement was as an accountant for the Town of Holly Hill, from 2002-05. In addition to his general public working experience, he has labored in the private sector in electrical contracting and foods provide.
He was also a founding vice president of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Governing administration Finance Officers Association.
Swartzlander’s once-a-year income is $153,000.
“Kurt Swartzlander has been a valued member of our administration team, and the Town Council and I sense fortunate to have a person with his expertise, practical experience and devotion as our new city supervisor,” claimed Daytona Seaside Shores mayor Nancy Miller. “We welcome Kurt to this new role and glimpse forward to doing the job with him in the several years to occur.”
This article originally appeared on The Daytona Seaside News-Journal: Daytona Seashore Shores names Lory Irwin new finance director