DAYTONA Beach SHORES — When Kurt Swartzlander, 51, was appointed city manager before this yr, a single of the to start with duties the former finance director faced was employing his alternative.
Swartzlander promoted Lory Irwin, 48, from assistant finance director to finance director — she commenced on Saturday, June 4.
Irwin joined the city nine many years back as the accountant in the finance section and labored her way to assistant finance director in February 2017, functioning carefully alongside Swartzlander.
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“I’m excited about this new option and consider my education and encounter have ready me nicely,” Irwin wrote in an electronic mail to The Information-Journal. “I’ve acquired a good deal about fiscal administration from Kurt around the past four a long time, and he will continue on to be my mentor. We count on a sleek transition, and I’m on the lookout ahead to doing the job with Kurt and the rest of the management group on the city’s monetary soundness.”
As director, Irwin will handle the finance division, which include accounts payable, accounts receivable and utility billing. She will put together the annual financial stories assist the metropolis supervisor in getting ready and monitoring the city’s annual finances administer the city’s expenditure program ensure TRIM (Truth of the matter in Millage) compliance FEMA reporting compliance and planning and grant solicitation and compliance, in accordance to a release from the city.
Irwin attended SUNY Institute of Know-how in her indigenous New York for her undergraduate and Learn of Accountancy levels.
She is a qualified public accountant and a Florida-certified government finance officer. On relocating to Florida 11 a long time ago, Irwin served as a product sales tax auditor for the Florida Division of Earnings and afterwards as the accounting supervisor for the Council on Ageing of Volusia County.
Soon after paying out off additional than $10 million in personal debt early past calendar year, the metropolis is in “a excellent position financially,” Swartzlander mentioned in a push launch. Irwin said that the division has been working the metropolis like a enterprise, “using a conservative fiscal technique.”
“We acknowledge that our citizens and companies are the shareholders, and we function really really hard to shield their fairness,” she explained. “Specifically, our approach is to handle extensive-expression liabilities and recurring expenditures, to usually spending budget for depreciation and to be mindful about expending. We acquire that fiscal obligation pretty very seriously.”
Irwin included that a dependable management workforce and reliable programs will be important to protecting the city “on the suitable path with our fiscal position.”
“Like all governments and corporations, there are often possible problems,” Irwin stated. “We do our greatest to program to future fiscal wants, but adjustments in the overall economy and weather emergencies can from time to time final result in unanticipated bills. We are frequently keeping our eye on opportunity challenges and answer if and when we require to.”
Irwin is the current president of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Government Finance Officers Affiliation. She is also the city’s crisis administration liaison at the Volusia County EOC in the course of emergencies.
Irwin’s annual income will be $110,000.
Swartzlander starts as new city supervisor
Owning worked with the city’s new finance director for the past four several years, Swartzlander is confident in Irwin’s capabilities as he began his own new position in the metropolis on Monday.
“Lory has served in a management role in finance for many several years and has proven herself to be an excellent chief with solid techniques in budgeting and economical reporting,” Swartzlander stated in a press release. “She embraces Daytona Seaside Shores’ conservative fiscal tactic and determination to economic excellence, and I know she will be a worthwhile addition to our administration workforce.”
The Town Council appointed Swartzlander as the city’s next metropolis supervisor earlier this 12 months, after Michael Booker declared his designs to retire. Booker had been in the put up for 22 a long time — he has been in cancer procedure given that 2020.
Swartzlander was originally predicted to step in in July as city supervisor nevertheless, Booker and his spouse, who is a trainer, preferred a lot more time off in the summer months.
Swartzlander experienced been serving as assistant town manager for above a calendar year. He mentioned he strategies to establish on the foundation laid by Booker and the City Council above the past two many years.
Between his priorities as metropolis manager are recruiting staff for really hard-to-fill positions, advancing technological innovation and automatic solutions, and upgrading the sewer process in partnership with neighboring governments.
“The city is in a good situation, financially,” Swartzlander mentioned. “As leaders, we have to strike the suitable harmony involving offering the superior-top quality companies our inhabitants are accustomed to, scheduling for a rainy working day with satisfactory reserves, and managing the finances thoroughly to continue to keep the tax charge small.”
Swartzlander is at first from Michigan, where he gained his undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo Faculty, then earned a Master of Company Administration degree from Stetson University in DeLand. His first federal government place was as an accountant for the Town of Holly Hill, from 2002-05. In addition to his community working experience, he has worked in the non-public sector in electrical contracting and food items source.
He was also a founding vice president of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Authorities Finance Officers Association.
Swartzlander’s yearly salary is $153,000.
“Kurt Swartzlander has been a valued member of our administration group, and the City Council and I experience fortunate to have anyone with his expertise, working experience and perseverance as our new town supervisor,” stated Daytona Beach Shores mayor Nancy Miller. “We welcome Kurt to this new job and glimpse forward to working with him in the decades to occur.”
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