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Killeen names new finance director

Simpson served as interim director for seven months

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 4:30 am

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.

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8 comments:

  • valyspin posted at 3:24 am on Thu, Dec 11, 2014.

    valyspin Posts: 2

    A financial director is very important for a private company or for a public institution. He is the one who decides how much a company can spend on investments and how to manage the annual budget. Individuals resort to financial services Los Angeles, for instance, if someone wants a student loan, but the companies have already an expert working for them.

     
  • valyspin posted at 1:51 am on Thu, Dec 4, 2014.

    valyspin Posts: 2

    A financial director has many responsibilities, so, he always must be attentive when he does his job.

     
  • el residente posted at 11:07 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    el residente Posts: 12

    Well, Glenn is starting to look more and more like Marlon Brando (in his later years, of course)...

     
  • Randy Johnson posted at 10:16 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Randy Johnson Posts: 20

    Marti, Marti, Marti...Why, Why, Why??? I didn't ever think that you would fall into the corruptness of which you have. Or have you always been part of it? Thought you were better than that!!!!!

    Max, el residente, Victor and Brian...Ya'll have hit it on the nose again...Sounds like the City of Killeen is run by the Mafia....

     
  • el residente posted at 9:17 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    el residente Posts: 12

    They definitely like to keep their dirt close - closer than two first cousins from Arkansas - no offense to Arkansas, of course...

     
  • Max67 posted at 8:23 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Max67 Posts: 63

    "Of those who applied for the position, Simpson was the only qualified applicant who currently works at the city, said Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman."

    I think it's clear that they wouldn't want someone from the outside. Barbara Gonzales was the previous Finance Director who was terminated for trying to require Glenn Morrison to follow the laws and rules. He wanted to break the rules and spend the taxpayer's dollars as he chose, generally for his own personal gain and for the benefit of his closest cohorts.

    Martie supported Glenn in his efforts. If you remember the old KDH article, her son is also the one who videotaped the summer camp activities that led to the firing of Glenn's former girlfriend of 14 yrs, which led to the taxpayers providing her a settlement in excess of $30,000.

    The city likes to keep their dirt in-house and it's better to have people who are already accustomed to covering up for you - and even have some dirt of their own, making them indebted to you. It should be no suprise that the city conveniently moved this person into this slot, even though she was overlooked for this position two times in the past. She's getting this position now because she is part of the administration under Glenn who supports and condones his misconduct. The Finance Director plays a key role and can greatly impact Glenn's ability to break the laws. If they brought someone in from the outside, that person might not be as willing to overlook the numerous areas of non-compliance within the financial area that have been referenced in the lawsuit, and previously referenced in external audits.

    Since the Personnel Hearing Board recommended in a unanimous vote that Mrs. Gonzales be reinstated, this is just another example of Glenn doing what he wants for his own self-serving reasons, and disregarding what is right, at the expense of the taxpayers.

     
  • Viktor posted at 7:02 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Viktor Posts: 317

    Try to remember that the city only puts who they want in key positions. Council just has to vote on who has been deemed good enough to be finance director as a formality.

     
  • BrianSupak posted at 8:47 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    BrianSupak Posts: 9

    The Council has not voted on this topic yet (they vote this evening). I don't know how this article gets published before they vote to approve this recommended appointment. Does the Council's vote even matter at this point?

    I guess Martie gets what she wants. Just know that someone knows how you got the position and that in the end they will judge you. I hope you can live with that.