Woodstock's town office team is searching for a director of financial services.
The town issued a job posting on Monday, Oct. 4, following a special council meeting.
The posting calls for a candidate with an accounting designation and several years of senior municipal finance experience.
Mayor Art Slipp said the town would strive to fill the position as soon as possible, noting the new hire will take over many duties from the director of administrative services, Ann Marie Vautour, who is on an extended health leave.
The job posting expires on Oct. 15. Slipp said the town hopes to begin interviews with qualified candidates soon, with follow-up interviews scheduled soon after.
Depending on the time it takes to fill the position, the new director of financial service could arrive on the job during the heart of the council's budget deliberations.
Slipp doesn't expect that to be a problem for a candidate with the required qualifications.
The mayor said department heads have already started the budget process and will deliver a draft budget to council soon.
He said the starting point of any budget deliberations is to avoid tax rate increases.
Slipp said the most challenging decisions generally involve the capital budget, although many projects, especially gas-tax projects, are laid out in the town's five-year plan.
In their capacity as director of financial services, the town's newest staff member will be responsible for the municipality's financial management, including the development and recommendation of plans, forecasts, and strategies to address short and long-term financial goals.
The job posting can be found on the Town of Woodstock website at: Town of Woodstock - Home
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun