All 3 candidates for finance director of Alexander City currently do the job for the town or have in the previous.

Steve Hays is a previous Alexander City finance director. Donna Barrett currently functions in the city’s finance office. Miles Hamlet is now the city’s getting agent.

The council questioned the three the same questions and hopes to appoint a new finance director at its Jan. 4 assembly following the non-reappointment of finance director Sandy Stanbrough.

Hays has been residing in Alexander Metropolis due to the fact 1995 performing for Wellborn Forest Goods as chief fiscal officer ahead of operating as Alexander City finance director for 4 yrs. Soon after leaving the finance director’s posture, Hays went on to help SiO2 in Auburn creating an internal accounting department, labored with Auburn College and returned to a undertaking at Wellborn in advance of assisting handle his wife’ company.

“I’m on the lookout at heading back again to operate,” Hays told the council. “I have just one boy or girl in faculty and a further driving so there is not a demand from customers on my time.”

Hays mentioned the metropolis had just purchased its accounting Springbrook when he started out at the town and helped roll it out rapidly. Hays mentioned the placement had been open for numerous months in advance of he joined the metropolis in 2010.

“Everything was driving,” Hays reported. “Budgets ended up two several years guiding audits have been at the rear of. Two weeks immediately after I received employed, I begun applying Springbrook.”

Hays stated he was 50 and was commencing to search at his following work in accounting. Offered his experience, he thought he would have to commute some.

“I didn’t hope something local,” Hays stated. “I initially thought the next position would be in Atlanta or Auburn.”

Barrett is a Clay County native and is married with two developed kids. Barrett is trying to get the place of city finance director to retain the metropolis on a path several years in the earning.

“I’m passionate about development,” Barrett said. “I want to manage the progress we have made.”

Accounting is not about introducing and subtracting for Barrett.

“I enjoy quantities of all things, but accounting is not seriously math,” Barrett stated. “Accounting is extra like a puzzle.”

Barrett has been in the city’s finance section for a pair of a long time and has invested the final calendar year seriously finding out Springbrook. Barrett believes awareness to element is a required talent.

“I consider myself meticulous,” Barrett explained. “If the information are not right, there will be difficulties in the resolution.”

Barrett believes a group of accountants is the greatest for Alexander Metropolis.

“The placement is not uncomplicated,” Barrett said. “I really do not consider one particular man or woman can do this.”

Barrett claimed the group can make it simpler to catch mistakes just before they get out of hand.

“You can lessen risks for mistake with cross checks and twin checkpoints,” Barrett explained. “One man or woman does a undertaking, a further particular person arrives at the rear of to test. It is currently being carried out now.”

Barrett mentioned she has figured out how to take care of stress and numerous deadlines.

“It’s about prioritizing tasks,” Barrett reported. “It’s not a software package, it is a way of thinking. It’s a continuous prioritization of points that require to be done.”

Hamlet is a native of Alexander Metropolis graduating from Benjamin Russell in 2001. Hamlet got a criminal justice diploma from Jacksonville Point out College before serving as an Military officer with excursions of obligation in central and south The us, Iraq and Afghanistan. Hamlet returned to Alexander Metropolis and started out to work for the city’s gasoline department as a “ditch digger” operating up to obtaining agent for the city. He reported his expertise as a laborer and an officer would be good.

“I can converse with any one,” Hamlet reported. “I know what their requires are. I can help regulate their budgets like I have been able to assist them with their buying.”

Finally, Hamlet reported he has served his metropolis and desires to go on to serve.

The council approved a grant from the Alabama Municipal Electric powered Authority (AMEA).

“Every calendar year we apply and get a grant from AMEA,” group enhancement director Al Jones explained. “We have gotten this in advance of and made use of it to take out unsightly indicators on Cherokee Road. The final two decades, it was mixed to put the signal at the airport.”

The monies will go in the direction of electronic devices in a meeting place at the new municipal intricate to let displays and much more.

“You won’t be looking down a notebook,” Jones said. “Everything will be there for when people today appear to visit. You would be ready to carry out organization at a large common.”

Mayor Woody Baird recognized Fred Thomas, a previous city staff who died a short while ago. Baird recalled tales of Thomas operating in the city’s sanitation department rolling a 55-gallon drum down the road.

The council voted to go into an executive session to focus on 3 feasible financial advancement prospects. The initially was with executives of Russell Lands. The subsequent two were brought to the council by Alexander Metropolis Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Ed Collari. Council president Buffy Colvin stated the classes have been anticipated to previous two or extra hrs.

In other motion, the Alexander City City Council also:

• Approved the mayor to execute contracts with Jacobs Engineering for expert services associated to SSCRP System Management

• Licensed the mayor to execute sewer maintenance contracts

• Accredited minutes of the Dec. 7 conference

The upcoming meeting of the Alexander Metropolis Metropolis Council will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

Cliff Williams is a workers writer for Tallapoosa Publishers.