Daytona Beach Shores names Lory Irwin new finance director
DAYTONA Beach front SHORES — When Kurt Swartzlander, 51, was appointed metropolis supervisor before this calendar year, 1 of the 1st responsibilities the former finance director confronted was hiring his substitution.
Swartzlander promoted Lory Irwin, 48, from assistant finance director to finance director — she started off on Saturday, June 4.
Irwin joined the town 9 yrs ago as the accountant in the finance section and labored her way to assistant finance director in February 2017, functioning closely alongside Swartzlander.
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“I’m thrilled about this new option and feel my education and expertise have ready me very well,” Irwin wrote in an electronic mail to The Information-Journal. “I’ve acquired a great deal about fiscal management from Kurt above the past 4 a long time, and he will continue on to be my mentor. We hope a easy transition, and I’m seeking forward to working with Kurt and the relaxation of the management group on the city’s money soundness.”
As director, Irwin will handle the finance office, which include accounts payable, accounts receivable and utility billing. She will put together the yearly fiscal reports guide the town supervisor in making ready and checking the city’s yearly funds administer the city’s investment decision application assure TRIM (Reality in Millage) compliance FEMA reporting compliance and preparation and grant solicitation and compliance, in accordance to a release from the metropolis.
Irwin attended SUNY Institute of Know-how in her indigenous New York for her undergraduate and Master of Accountancy levels.
She is a licensed community accountant and a Florida-licensed authorities finance officer. On relocating to Florida 11 a long time ago, Irwin served as a profits tax auditor for the Florida Department of Income and later on as the accounting manager for the Council on Getting old of Volusia County.
After paying out off more than $10 million in financial debt early previous year, the metropolis is in “a great posture economically,” Swartzlander stated in a press release. Irwin claimed that the section has been jogging the metropolis like a organization, “using a conservative fiscal method.”
“We acknowledge that our citizens and corporations are the shareholders, and we operate pretty tough to guard their equity,” she reported. “Specifically, our system is to control extensive-phrase liabilities and recurring bills, to usually price range for depreciation and to be careful about shelling out. We take that fiscal accountability really significantly.”
Irwin added that a steady administration staff and strong programs will be key to protecting the town “on the proper path with our economical placement.”
“Like all governments and enterprises, there are generally prospective challenges,” Irwin said. “We do our finest to prepare to foreseeable future financial requirements, but changes in the financial system and weather emergencies can often final result in sudden expenditures. We are continuously maintaining our eye on likely worries and react if and when we need to.”
Irwin is the latest president of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Govt Finance Officers Association. She is also the city’s unexpected emergency management liaison at the Volusia County EOC in the course of emergencies.
Irwin’s once-a-year income will be $110,000.
Swartzlander begins as new city manager
Acquiring labored with the city’s new finance director for the earlier four years, Swartzlander is self-confident in Irwin’s capabilities as he started his personal new job in the metropolis on Monday.
“Lory has served in a leadership function in finance for quite a few years and has demonstrated herself to be an outstanding leader with sturdy techniques in budgeting and financial reporting,” Swartzlander explained in a press release. “She embraces Daytona Beach Shores’ conservative fiscal tactic and commitment to economic excellence, and I know she will be a precious addition to our administration staff.”
The City Council appointed Swartzlander as the city’s next city manager previously this calendar year, following Michael Booker introduced his options to retire. Booker had been in the submit for 22 several years — he has been in most cancers procedure considering that 2020.
Swartzlander was at first envisioned to phase in in July as town manager having said that, Booker and his spouse, who is a trainer, wanted additional time off in the summertime.
Swartzlander experienced been serving as assistant town manager for in excess of a 12 months. He said he ideas to build on the foun
dation laid by Booker and the Town Council around the previous two many years.
Among his priorities as metropolis manager are recruiting employees for tough-to-fill positions, advancing technology and automatic services, and upgrading the sewer technique in partnership with neighboring governments.
“The metropolis is in a fantastic posture, financially,” Swartzlander reported. “As leaders, we have to strike the suitable equilibrium concerning delivering the high-high-quality solutions our residents are accustomed to, scheduling for a wet day with suitable reserves, and taking care of the budget properly to preserve the tax fee reduced.”
Swartzlander is at first from Michigan, where he gained his undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo University, then attained a Grasp of Company Administration diploma from Stetson College in DeLand. His initial authorities posture was as an accountant for the Town of Holly Hill, from 2002-05. In addition to his public working experience, he has labored in the non-public sector in electrical contracting and meals supply.
He was also a founding vice president of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Governing administration Finance Officers Association.
Swartzlander’s once-a-year income is $153,000.
“Kurt Swartzlander has been a valued member of our administration crew, and the Town Council and I truly feel fortuitous to have anyone with his expertise, expertise and devotion as our new town manager,” explained Daytona Beach front Shores mayor Nancy Miller. “We welcome Kurt to this new part and glance forward to operating with him in the decades to occur.”