DAYTONA Seashore SHORES — When Kurt Swartzlander, 51, was appointed town supervisor previously this calendar year, a person of the 1st duties the previous finance director confronted 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 metropolis nine several years ago as the accountant in the finance office and labored her way to assistant finance director in February 2017, performing closely alongside Swartzlander.
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“I’m energized about this new option and feel my schooling and knowledge have ready me very well,” Irwin wrote in an electronic mail to The Information-Journal. “I’ve figured out a lot about fiscal management from Kurt about the earlier four yrs, and he will go on to be my mentor. We expect a smooth changeover, and I’m seeking ahead to doing work with Kurt and the relaxation of the administration crew on the city’s money soundness.”
As director, Irwin will deal with the finance office, which includes accounts payable, accounts receivable and utility billing. She will put together the annual money experiences assist the town supervisor in making ready and monitoring the city’s annual budget administer the city’s expenditure software assure TRIM (Fact in Millage) compliance FEMA reporting compliance and preparation and grant solicitation and compliance, according to a launch from the town.
Irwin attended SUNY Institute of Technological innovation in her indigenous New York for her undergraduate and Grasp of Accountancy levels.
She is a certified community accountant and a Florida-certified governing administration finance officer. Upon relocating to Florida 11 years ago, Irwin served as a product sales tax auditor for the Florida Division of Revenue and later as the accounting manager for the Council on Getting older of Volusia County.
Following spending off far more than $10 million in debt early previous 12 months, the city is in “a superior place economically,” Swartzlander stated in a press launch. Irwin said that the office has been jogging the city like a business, “using a conservative fiscal strategy.”
“We figure out that our citizens and corporations are the shareholders, and we work quite challenging to protect their equity,” she stated. “Specifically, our strategy is to handle extended-time period liabilities and recurring charges, to generally finances for depreciation and to be thorough about investing. We just take that fiscal obligation incredibly seriously.”
Irwin added that a regular management team and stable options will be vital to maintaining the town “on the right path with our financial posture.”
“Like all governments and companies, there are usually prospective worries,” Irwin claimed. “We do our very best to system to future monetary wants, but changes in the overall economy and climate emergencies can occasionally end result in unanticipated charges. We are regularly trying to keep our eye on probable worries and react if and when we have to have to.”
Irwin is the recent president of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Federal government Finance Officers Association. She is also the city’s crisis management liaison at the Volusia County EOC through emergencies.
Irwin’s annual salary will be $110,000.
Swartzlander commences as new city supervisor
Owning worked with the city’s new finance director for the previous four a long time, Swartzlander is assured in Irwin’s capabilities as he began his possess new function in the city on Monday.
“Lory has served in a leadership part in finance for quite a few years and has established herself to be an great leader with powerful capabilities in budgeting and fiscal reporting,” Swartzlander mentioned in a push launch. “She embraces Daytona Beach front Shores’ conservative fiscal strategy and determination to fiscal excellence, and I know she will be a important addition to our management team.”
The Metropolis Council appointed Swartzlander as the city’s subsequent metropolis supervisor before this 12 months, just after Michael Booker declared his options to retire. Booker had been in the article for 22 several years — he has been in most cancers treatment given that 2020.
Swartzlander was initially expected to step in in July as metropolis manager even so, Booker and his spouse, who is a trainer, required more time off in the summer months.
Swartzlander had been serving as assistant metropolis supervisor for in excess of a calendar year. He said he programs to create on the foundati
on laid by Booker and the Metropolis Council in excess of the past two decades.
Among his priorities as metropolis manager are recruiting personnel for hard-to-fill positions, advancing technological innovation and automatic providers, and upgrading the sewer procedure in partnership with neighboring governments.
“The metropolis is in a great placement, monetarily,” Swartzlander claimed. “As leaders, we have to strike the right balance between furnishing the significant-excellent companies our people are accustomed to, organizing for a rainy working day with sufficient reserves, and running the spending budget effectively to hold the tax fee low.”
Swartzlander is originally from Michigan, where by he received his undergraduate diploma from Kalamazoo Faculty, then attained a Grasp of Organization Administration degree from Stetson University in DeLand. His first authorities situation was as an accountant for the Town of Holly Hill, from 2002-05. In addition to his public experience, he has labored in the non-public sector in electrical contracting and food stuff supply.
He was also a founding vice president of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Government Finance Officers Affiliation.
Swartzlander’s annual wage is $153,000.
“Kurt Swartzlander has been a valued member of our administration crew, and the Town Council and I feel fortuitous to have an individual with his expertise, encounter and perseverance as our new city manager,” reported Daytona Seashore Shores mayor Nancy Miller. “We welcome Kurt to this new role and appear ahead to working with him in the yrs to appear.”