The Alexander Metropolis Metropolis Council ought to appoint the subsequent finance director at Monday’s assembly.
Thursday night time the council interviewed two extra candidates for the place after interviewing three candidates final month. All candidates had been requested the identical questions.
Romy Stamps, the present finance director on the Metropolis of Talladega and Katie Segrest, a finances analyst with the Alabama Air Nationwide Guard answered questions from the council concerning the place.
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Stamps is an Alexander Metropolis resident and has been with the Metropolis of Talladega for 12 years, beginning as an administrative assistant in public works earlier than transferring to the finance division as income officer. Stamps has served as finance director since 2019. Stamps stated there are wanted expertise to work in finance.
“You’ve got to be good with numbers and good at discovering errors; an individual who checks and double checks,” Stamps stated. “It’s important to find out about journal entries and what’s a debit and credit score that’s important to maintain these information straight. You simply must find it irresistible and know it’s for the higher good.”
Stamps admitted to working effectively each alone and as a part of a staff.
“I generally is a little little bit of a hermit,” Stamps stated. “The place my workplace is now, I name it the cave. I’m in there the vast majority of the time. Anybody who is aware of me, they know they will are available anytime.”
Stamps stated she is meticulous with documenting her work.
“I take notes, a whole lot of notes; what I did and the way I did it,” Stamps stated. “I try this as a result of I do know we will likely be audited and if there are any questions I don’t wish to attempt to rethink it via or attempt to keep in mind what I did. I verify and double verify and have my staff verify as effectively.”
Stamps was requested about coping with troublesome individuals and how you can deal with the matter.
“What I do in coping with individuals is I attempt to the very best of my potential see issues from the opposite individual’s perspective,” Stamps stated. “I discover a widespread floor.”
Stamps stated her strengths play to working in a staff atmosphere.
“I like to work with individuals,” Stamps stated. “I attempt to current myself to those that work beneath me as a instructor and coach. I would like them to excel and do the very best they will. I additionally don’t need them to really feel I’m cowering over them. I wish to give them the liberty to do what they what they’re presupposed to do.”
Stamps stated a love of numbers is an asset for her. Stamps stated she believes she has consideration deficit dysfunction, which could possibly be a weak spot for some, however has a method to work with it.
“I’m not hyperactive,” Stamps stated. “In case you get something from me it will likely be color-coded and I make a listing on a regular basis of what I want to take action that I’ve a schedule for my day.”
Stamps stated these lists come in useful for managing a number of objectives and tight deadlines. The lists enable her to prioritize what must be completed and when.
“I make a schedule and provides myself a time to be completed,” Stamps. I depart in time for contingencies. On this function, I do know on a regular basis one thing comes up.”
Stamps was requested how she presents monetary information to those that don’t have an accounting background.
“It’s a labor of affection; you must clarify each merchandise and the way you get that; the method,” Stamps stated. “I take a look at it as if I’m them. I take advantage of charts and completely different objects to clarify it and clarify and straightforward to grasp.”
Stamps stated she understands the necessity for getting two audits accomplished within the subsequent six months noting Carr, Riggs and Ingram is the auditor for Talladega.
Stamps stated she holds a enterprise administration diploma from the College of Montevallo however shouldn’t be an authorized public accountant.
Segrest is a local of Montgomery and Tallassee. She joined the Air Nationwide Guard as a young person and was deployed in munitions however had cross-trained in finance. After her deployment, Stamps stated she pursued finance working her approach as much as finances analyst. Segrest stated she remains to be part-time within the Guard with drill one weekend per 30 days and two weeks per 12 months. She is holding onto that till discovering full-time employment within the civilian sector. Segrest stated she has been working in finance since she was about 18 years outdated.
“I’ve excellent consideration to element and am very organized and good with Excel,” Segrest stated. “I knew I might excel in that profession subject.”
Segrest stated the accounting software program she is accustomed to is used solely within the navy however considers herself excellent with Excel and different Microsoft merchandise.
“We use a whole lot of Excel and Powerpoint for shows,” Segrest stated.
She additionally stated she watches out for the small issues, a ability wanted in finance.
“Element-oriented is unquestionably wanted,” Segrest stated. “I pay shut consideration to element. It is rather straightforward to make errors particularly in Excel; you mess up one system and all of the spreadsheets and worksheets related to it are affected. It’s important to be very cautious. You additionally must have auditing capabilities to have the ability to take a look at your individual work and that of different individuals’s work to troubleshoot the place errors are.”
Segrest stated she will work alone, however finance is healthier in a staff atmosphere.
“9 instances out of 10 it’s higher with a staff as a result of there may be a lot work to be achieved,” Segrest stated. “In finance it may be overwhelming as a result of there may be all the time one thing to do; there may be a whole lot of work.”
Segrest stated she has a technique to cope with troublesome co-workers and stress.
“I’m a staff participant, a social individual,” Segrest stated. “I’ve to step in at instances and convey individuals again into their lane about how you can discuss to prospects and management. I stay calm and break it down as a lot as I can. It doesn’t overwhelm me or deliver me down.”
Segrest considers herself organized.
“I generally is a perfectionist,” Segrest stated.
Segrest stated she is snug explaining monetary points with non-financial individuals.
“I try this loads,” Segrest stated. “I break it down into straightforward to grasp phrases.”
Segrest stated she has three associates levels in finance administration, emergency administration and munitions administration and a useful resource and expertise administration diploma from Troy College.
The council had interviewed Donna Barrett, Miles Hamlet and Steve Hays in December.
The Alexander Metropolis Metropolis Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Cliff Williams is a workers author for Tallapoosa Publishers.