+ Bullock hires a new town finance director
The town has hired a new finance director.
Town Manager Dave Bullock announced in an email April 9 to the Longboat Key Town Commission that his top choice accepted the position.
Susan Smith, a certified public accountant with experience in both public and private accounting in Connecticut, was the unanimous choice of two interview panels.
Smith will start in mid-May with an annual salary of $95,000.
“I believe Susan will be a strong addition to the management team for the town, and I look forward to working with her,” Bullock wrote.
Smith is currently the finance director for the town of Wetherfield, Conn. She oversees an $86.4 million general fund balance. Smith has 29 years of experience in accounting.
Finance Director Tom Kelley resigned in January, and budget specialist Sandi Henley has been filling in as acting finance director while the town searched for Kelley’s replacement.
Meetings & Agendas
• Planning and Zoning Board Regular Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.
• Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, May 6.
• Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, May 13.
• Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Monday, May 20.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted.
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