Finance director getting settled in

Mar. 01, 2013 @ 06:12 PM

David Beck, Vance County’s new finance director, made a timely entrance this week, beginning work two months prior to the county’s proposed budget completion deadline.

“I’m very excited to have Mr. Beck come to work for us, particularly as we are embarking on the budgetary process,” said Jerry Ayscue, county manager.

Ayscue has been acting as the interim finance director since Nov. 5, when Steve Stanton exited the position to work as a private Certified Financial Planner.

When Tommy Hester was named chairman of the Vance County Board of Commissioners last December, he immediately addressed goals for county, one of which was to receive the budget in advance.

“I would like to get the budget on May 1,” Hester said during December’s board meeting. “This would allow for more time to talk about it, and raise questions to discuss with our county manager and finance officer.”

Typically the county receives a proposed budget by late May or early June.

Beck, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, acted as Davie County’s assistant finance director for more than four years. He has worked in local government for more than seven years.

While Beck is currently busy getting acquainted with his new position, he feels that making a May 1 deadline for budget completion will be feasible.

“The goal is to have it ready May first,” Beck said. “I haven’t had much time to look at that yet, we’re all learning the new software. Hopefully if everything goes smoothly, I think we’ll be able to make that deadline.”

Beck, who continues to adjust to his new position, feels Vance County has opened him with welcome arms.

“Everyone I’ve met so far, county employees and elected officials, have been very nice and accommodating,” Beck said.

While Beck has not yet pinpointed a specific area for improvements within the finance department, he understands his main purpose as finance director.

“The main goal is to be a good steward of the taxpayers’ dollars, and use money wisely,” Beck said. “Once I learn a little bit more about the finance office policy and process, we may be able to find areas where there needs improvement.”

Contact the writer at amauser@hendersondispatch.com.