Fiscal Responsibility

I am NOT accusing anyone of mismanaging the city funds, I am simply saying, we do not have a clear picture as we should.

I received my MBA with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta back in 2008.  I received a Bachelors Degree in in Management (Aviation Maintenance Management but management nonetheless) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1998.  With those management degrees, I learned a lot about financial management and fiscal responsibility. 

But long before I went to either college, I learned both as a Noncommissioned Officer in the Army.  I was responsible for the care and maintenance of 13 Army Aerial Exploitation Reconnaissance Airplanes.  Each airplane was valued at over 1.5 million dollars back in 1981.  I was personally responsible for every piece of maintenance equipment required to maintain those airplanes at age 21.  Every maintenance toolbox, every airplane jack, two sets of mobile toolrooms, and every single item on the flight line except the planes.

So, I bring a long history of responsibility to the taxpayer.

I know Powder Springs has gone through more finance directors in six years than any normal business would and it makes me wonder why they would come here and then quit.  I know we have bought and switched accounting software multiple times since I moved here.  When I was in my MBA program, we would see that as an indicator of trying to keep the board of directors (in this case, the council) in the dark as to the true fiscal status of the organization.  I have sat on numerous boards for the past 20 years and we (the board) closely monitor the financial reports to validate that the money is being used as we directed.