Vance County Schools needs new finance officer

Jul. 03, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

The district must replace its finance officer again.

The Vance County Board of Education approved a bank authority shift at its meeting Monday granting interim authority to John Suther, who was assistant finance officer to Robert Newby before he resigned in May.

Superintendent Ronald Gregory said the board will fill the vacancy as soon as possible.

“There aren’t a lot of people interested in the finance department right now,” he said.

The board accepted Newby’s resignation at its April board meeting, right before entering its yearly financial closeout. Suther was left to balance the books—his first experience with such a task in Vance County.

Gregory said although Suther was overwhelmed, the transition worked smoothly. The district bought in Laura Hedricks, a retiree from the finance department, to help Suther with the process.

“Things have been going good,” he said. “He works hard, and he does what we ask him to.”

Suther is the third finance officer to take post in a year.

Last July, Newby became finance officer after Steve Graham left the position to become vice president of finance and operations at Vance-Granville Community College. Newby officially moved into the position July 22, 2013, and Suther was hired shortly after.

In May, Newby left for VGCC as well, accepting a position as controller in the college’s finance department.

Superintendent Gregory said the district could move Suther up the ladder as they did Newby.

“If he learns enough, he may be able to step up and take the position,” he said.

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