DAYTONA Seaside SHORES — When Kurt Swartzlander, 51, was appointed town supervisor earlier this year, one particular of the first tasks the previous finance director faced was employing his substitution.
Swartzlander promoted Lory Irwin, 48, from assistant finance director to finance director — she started on Saturday, June 4.
Irwin joined the town 9 yrs back as the accountant in the finance department and worked her way to assistant finance director in February 2017, doing work carefully alongside Swartzlander.
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“I’m energized about this new prospect and think my education and encounter have geared up me properly,” Irwin wrote in an email to The Information-Journal. “I’ve uncovered a good deal about fiscal administration from Kurt more than the earlier 4 yrs, and he will continue on to be my mentor. We hope a clean changeover, and I’m searching ahead to doing the job with Kurt and the relaxation of the administration crew on the city’s economical soundness.”
As director, Irwin will regulate the finance office, including accounts payable, accounts receivable and utility billing. She will get ready the once-a-year monetary stories assist the town supervisor in making ready and checking the city’s annual spending plan administer the city’s financial commitment program be certain TRIM (Reality in Millage) compliance FEMA reporting compliance and preparation and grant solicitation and compliance, in accordance to a launch from the town.
Irwin attended SUNY Institute of Technological innovation in her native New York for her undergraduate and Master of Accountancy degrees.
She is a certified community accountant and a Florida-licensed govt finance officer. Upon relocating to Florida 11 several years back, Irwin served as a revenue tax auditor for the Florida Office of Revenue and later as the accounting supervisor for the Council on Growing older of Volusia County.
Right after spending off more than $10 million in credit card debt early last year, the metropolis is in “a excellent placement fiscally,” Swartzlander mentioned in a press release. Irwin said that the section has been jogging the town like a enterprise, “using a conservative fiscal tactic.”
“We acknowledge that our citizens and companies are the shareholders, and we get the job done quite tough to safeguard their equity,” she explained. “Specifically, our approach is to regulate very long-term liabilities and recurring costs, to constantly price range for depreciation and to be careful about shelling out. We consider that fiscal obligation incredibly severely.”
Irwin included that a dependable management team and sound options will be vital to protecting the town “on the appropriate route with our economical place.”
“Like all governments and businesses, there are usually probable challenges,” Irwin said. “We do our best to approach to potential money requires, but improvements in the overall economy and weather conditions emergencies can occasionally final result in unanticipated bills. We are continuously trying to keep our eye on probable difficulties and react if and when we will need to.”
Irwin is the recent president of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Federal government Finance Officers Affiliation. She is also the city’s crisis management liaison at the Volusia County EOC in the course of emergencies.
Irwin’s once-a-year wage will be $110,000.
Swartzlander begins as new city supervisor
Having worked with the city’s new finance director for the earlier four many years, Swartzlander is self-assured in Irwin’s capabilities as he commenced his individual new purpose in the metropolis on Monday.
“Lory has served in a management part in finance for many decades and has tested herself to be an outstanding chief with robust competencies in budgeting and economic reporting,” Swartzlander said in a push launch. “She embraces Daytona Beach Shores’ conservative fiscal tactic and determination to financial excellence, and I know she will be a important addition to our management crew.”
The Town Council appointed Swartzlander as the city’s future city manager previously this 12 months, just after Michael Booker introduced his plans to retire. Booker had been in the article for 22 decades — he has been in cancer cure considering the fact that 2020.
Swartzlander was originally envisioned to phase in in July as town manager nevertheless, Booker and his spouse, who is a trainer, preferred additional time off in the summer months.
Swartzlander experienced been serving as assistant metropolis manager for more than a year. He said he options to create on the foundation laid by Booker and the Metropolis Council around the earlier two many years.
Among his priorities as metropolis supervisor are recruiting personnel for tricky-to-fill positions, advancing technology and automated services, and upgrading the sewer system in partnership with neighboring governments.
“The city is in a good placement, fiscally,” Swartzlander said. “As leaders, we have to strike the correct balance amongst offering the significant-good quality solutions our residents are accustomed to, setting up for a rainy working day with sufficient reserves, and taking care of the spending plan effectively to continue to keep the tax charge very low.”
Swartzlander is initially from Michigan, wherever he gained his undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College, then gained a Master of Small business Administration diploma from Stetson University in DeLand. His to start with governing administration place was as an accountant for the City of Holly Hill, from 2002-05. In addition to his public experience, he has worked in the private sector in electrical contracting and food supply.
He was also a founding vice president of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Govt Finance Officers Association.
Swartzlander’s yearly income is $153,000.
“Kurt Swartzlander has been a valued member of our management staff, and the Metropolis Council and I sense lucky to have somebody with his expertise, working experience and dedication as our new town supervisor,” stated Daytona Beach Shores mayor Nancy Miller. “We welcome Kurt to this new role and search forward to doing work with him in the many years to come.”