Tuesday, June 15, 2021

City of Southlake CFO Named Finalist for CFO of the Year

The Dallas Business Journal (DBJ) has released the list of finalists for the 2018 CFO of the Year awards, including Southlake’s very own Chief Financial Officer, Sharen Jackson.

The CFO of the Year Awards recognizes North Texas financial professionals for their superb performance as financial stewards. The nominees were evaluated for their effect on their respective organizations and were selected across eight categories, including, Large Companies, Upper Middle Market, Core Middle Market, Closely held, Non-profit/501( c )(3), Not-for-profit/501( c )(6) and Government.

“Sharen’s superior financial management and leadership have helped to ensure the long-term health and wellness of Southlake, benefitting citizens, businesses and visitors in the community,” said City Manager, Shana Yelverton.

Yelverton also noted how Jackson worked with the City Council to reduce property tax-supported debt from over $100 million in 2002 to $50.5 million in 2018 and decrease property tax obligations for residential property owners. She has also implemented the open OpenGov portal in order to improve financial transparency.

The DBJ’s CFO of the Year criteria include:
• Demonstrated financial growth during the year
• Success in overcoming significant business challenges or barriers
• Examples of team leadership and superior management
• Other factors may include a chief financial officer’s contributions to the community (such as social, nonprofit or charitable giving)
• Demonstrated commitment to the company’s financial best practices and accounting standards, or success as a strategic visionary for the enterprise

The winners will be announced at the CFO of the Year Awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 13.

Visit the Dallas Business Journal for more information about the award and the luncheon.

 

Unsung Hero: Vickie DeWees Is Steady & Determined, With a Big Heart

Most days you will find Vickie DeWees processing paperwork in her cubicle in Town Hall, ensuring that payments are made accurately and timely for the goods and services purchased by the City.

With over 7,000 payments processed during a fiscal year, this is no small job, but Vickie manages it all with a sense of urgency and efficiency, a strong commitment to customer service and, most days, a dash of humor. Her ready smile and hearty laughter are clearly one of the reasons it’s so much fun to work in Finance Administration.

But in late November, early December, Vickie transforms into an organizational leader, directing a City holiday service project with conviction and military precision.

For more than 15 years, Vickie has organized a voluntary food and gift drive through Christmas Providers, a non-profit organization that facilitates an “adopt-a-family” program. Vickie is the liaison to the organization, coordinates staff volunteers to purchase and wrap gifts and collect food items, shops for needed items, and coordinates with the selected family. For the past several years, the City of Southlake staff has adopted at least two of the larger families in need due to the generosity of staff throughout the organization.

Vickie’s work has inspired other departments to adopt additional families through Christmas Providers as well. The Community Services, Planning & Development Services, and Public Works Departments are now adopting families through the program, largely due to the inspiration that Vickie has provided.

And, if that were not enough, Vickie personally adopts a family! Christmas Providers is fortunate to work with such a giving and kind volunteer. (Note: Vickie also generously gives to charitable programs sponsored by her church, and on holidays might be found handing out needed items to the homeless. Her kindness really knows no bounds.)

For her steady and efficient work as the City’s Accounts Payable Clerk, the leadership she provides for our voluntary service project, and her wonderful attitude, Vickie has been selected as one of the City’s important unsung heroes.

CISD Hires Director of Finance

The Carroll ISD Board of Trustees voted Monday to hire Christy Stinson (pictured right) as the district’s Director of Finance. Stinson replaces Susan Ebert who recently accepted a position in Mansfield ISD.

Stinson comes to Carroll from Lake Worth ISD where she served as the Executive Director for Business and Support Services. Stinson worked in Lake Worth under several roles, starting in 2003 as Business Manager. She was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2010 before advancing to Executive Director in 2011.

“Christy Stinson will be a great addition to our team,” said Robb Welch, Carroll ISD Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services.

Prior to Lake Worth, Stinson worked for Lovington Municipal Schools located in Lovington, New Mexico. Stinson has a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in General Business and Accounting as well as a Masters of Science in Management. She also holds multiple certifications and licenses relevant to public school business.

Stinson begins full time at Carroll ISD on December 4, 2013.