The City of Clinton has announced the promotion of Kristin Stafford as its new finance director, a position she has held twice in an interim capacity.
Stafford has been with the city for nearly five years, serving as the accounting operations manager. She has twice served as interim finance director, first when City Council promoted Shawn Purvis to city manager in 2013 and again in May 2015 when Harry Staven left the city to take another position.
Stafford holds a Bachelor in Accounting and Master’s in Accounting from East Carolina University and expects to receive additional recognition as a Certified Finance Officer from the School of Government later this year.
“She’s been interim twice, and we felt it was time to put her in that full position,” Purvis said upon making the announcement at the end of the City Council’s meeting Tuesday night.
Stafford said she was excited for the opportunity to continue serving the city.
“I am excited about the finance director opportunity and to continue working with a team who is committed to transparency, accountability and integrity,” Stafford said in a prepared statement. “My time here has helped prepare me for this role and I intend to ensure the city’s sound financial position. Clinton is a special place to me and I do believe it is the perfect place to call home.”
The city has been without a permanent finance director following Staven’s departure on May 4. Stafford served as acting finance director as Purvis evaluated the situation, with an effort toward continuing to improve the city’s award-winning operations while maintaining sound budgeting practices.
The City Council approved a proposal by Purvis to reorganize the Finance Department through the reassignment of duties resulting in the creation of two new job classifications — senior customer service representative and budget analyst — but no new staff members. That move was effective July 1.
Purvis said this week the city is replacing the accounting operations manager position with a budget analyst position, which will be filled internally by Lyden Williams, who has served as planner with Clinton-Sampson Planning and Development. Williams officially starts in that position on July 29.
“We will be looking to hire a new planner,” Purvis noted.
The City of Clinton’s budgeting efforts have been rewarded by the Government Finance Officers Association for five consecutive years, and Purvis said the city is fortunate to have the staff infrastructure in place to extend that streak.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Kristin’s ability already within the department,” the city manager stated. “During her time here, she has continuously demonstrated her strong financial and accounting knowledge. She is a great asset to the city and I look forward to seeing all she will accomplish for the city and our community.”
Stafford officially began her responsibilities as finance director on July 1. Her starting salary is $55,000.
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