WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently receive a presentation from Rick Kingsley, of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Collins Center for Public Management, after her reviewed the town’s financial management structure.The review was brought about by the forthcoming retirement of the entire Town’s Accountant’s Office, including Town Accountant Mike Morris.“Your financial structure was largely set up in your Town Manager Act, which was adopted in 1950,” Kingsley told the board. “It’s been almost 70 years since it’s been looked at in a detailed way.”During his review, Kingsley interviewed the department heads and staff members in each financial office, plus the town’s IT director. He also reviewed various documents provided by each office. He ultimately came up with several recommendations, chief among them — to create a Finance Director/Town Accountant position.Kingsley recommends elevating the Town Accountant’s position to that of the Finance Director/Town Accountant. The new position would oversee both the Treasurer/Collector’s office and Assessors’ office. The position would be responsible for the Town’s financial planning and operations, serving as the Town Manager’s right-hand person in creating and overseeing the town’s annual budget.Kingsley described several benefits that the new position would bring about. A Finance Director would create a focal point for finance and reduce the number of direct reports to the Town Manager. The Director would facilitate the formation of a financial team. The position would coordinate critical fiscal operations such as tax rate setting and tax billing. The Director would ensure regular cash reconciliations and other sound financial controls. The would assess risk regularly to determine town vulnerabilities.Importantly, Kingsley also noted that finding a qualified Finance Director/Town Accountant is much easier that finding a standalone Town Accountant.“The labor market for accountants is highly competitive with a shortage of well-qualified accounting professionals,” explained Kingsley. “By enhancing the scope and authority of the position, you make the job more attractive, as does raising the compensation to $100,000-$125,000.”Kingsley noted that 7 of the 10 comparable towns near Wilmington already have a Finance Director position.Rather than amend the Town Charter, which would require a town vote and legislature approval, Town Manager Jeff Hull is recommending that Selectmen make a policy change, despite the fact that the approach has less permanency as future boards could easily change the position back.“It’s the suggested route because the process of hiring Mike [Morris’s] replacement is going to take place over the next few months,” said Hull. “There needs to be some measure of certainty which position that person will serve. They are two distinct roles and responsibilities, and targeting two different types of people with different skill sets.”“I would like board to consider the prospects of taking a vote to revise the town accountant position and to create a finance director/town accountant position at your next meeting,” added Hull. “As the position gets advertised, we can be clear what it is the town is seeking.”Selectmen asked for recommendations from the town’s Finance Committee and Town Accountant Mike Morris before taking an any vote.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: New Finance Director & Town Accountant AppointedIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Finalists For Town’s New Finance Director Position Revealed; Public Interviews ScheduledIn “Government”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Finance Director Bryan PerryIn “5 Quick Questions”
The Associated PressA 75-year-old Florida man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly threatening to lynch the president of a local NAACP.Ronald Wadford was arrested Aug. 9 on two counts of aggravated stalking as a hate crime. Gainesville Police say he threatened to hang Evelyn Foxx who is the president of the Alachua County NAACP chapter.75-year-old Ronald Wadford (l) was arrested Aug. 9 for threatening to hang Evelyn Foxx (r), president of the Alachua County NAACP chapter. (Courtesy and Facebook Photos)Police say Wadford called Foxx six times in November 2016, saying he was with the Ku Klux Klan and was going to her house to lynch her.The Ocala Star-Banner reports she left the state to stay with family for weeks and eventually the country because she was afraid to go home.She went to Wadford’s first appearance in court Aug. 10 and says she’d like to ask him why and also tell him she loves him even though she said she could see bigotry in his eyes.
STAR EVENT: Aintree COMPETITION: Day Two of the Grand National meeting TIME: first race 2pm TV: C4/RUKWe can hardly complain too much about the opening day at Aintree.A 100/1 winner on the card and the shortest price favourite of the day, Silviniaco Conti (evens), getting beat were the highlights even though there was the inevitable sting in the tail later on in the day with the well backed Captain Conan winning well.Hopefully we outlined some of the reasons we thought Silviniaco Conti was vulnerable yesterday although this columns each way pick for the race in opposition, Quito De La Roque, finished in fourth.The shocking run of favourites in the Aintree Bowl goes on.It was certainly a day that pulled in the crowds with a record Thursday crowd of 32,340 reported.A cloudier day is forecast today but that won’t give much concern to the course executive as Ladies Day is always a sell out and the presence of a certain Mr S Sacre on the main stage is huge box office.He’s dubbed the Frankel of the jumps – which is probably pretty accurate.He will be a big price today (relative to Frankel not the real world) as he tackles 2 1/2 miles for the first time and has a couple of tough nuts to crack in Flemenstar and Cue Card. At Star Sports we have almost given up trying to get him beat but until they prove themselves at a longer trip there is that small window of doubt but it’s fair to say all race fans will want to see his chase record preserved and extended to nine straight wins.A speculative each way punt in the bumper is Midnight Minx who has already proven her ability on a faster surface unlike the majority of the field and it was probably the desperate ground at Sandown to blame for her defeat last time out. She may well be worth another chance.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)1 point ew Midnight Minx (5.25 Aintree)(2 points down yesterday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.