The city of Killeen has named its new executive director of finance.
Martie Simpson was chosen for the post after serving as the city’s interim finance director for more than seven months.
Killeen City Manager Glenn Morrison named Simpson interim finance director after firing former finance director Barbara Gonzales in December. At the time, Simpson was serving as assistant director of finance.
The city did not release the exact salary but Simpson, who is a certified public accountant, will earn between $78,300 and $128,472 annual salary, according to city budget documents.
Ann Farris, assistant city manager-internal services, will be her direct supervisor.
“Martie Simpson, CPA, has served in progressively more responsible positions in finance throughout the 16-plus years that she has already invested in this community,” Farris said.
“Martie is highly qualified to be the executive director of finance in terms of experience and expertise and is highly motivated with respect to our mission: dedicated service, every day for everyone.”
As finance director, Simpson will oversee the finance department, including all accounts, payments, investments, utility collections and budget development.
Simpson also will continue giving quarterly financial reports at Killeen City Council meetings.
Of those who applied for the position, Simpson was the only qualified applicant who currently works at the city, said Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman.
Shine said Simpson originally was hired by the city of Killeen as a management accountant.
Simpson holds a degree in accounting from Baylor University.
The job interview committee included Megan Bradley, chief financial officer for the Killeen Independent School District; Dan Wegmiller, the city’s financial adviser; and city employees.