Finance director leaves Katy for another post
On her last day on the job, Katy City Treasurer Becky Wilkins accepted a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2017.
After 4½ years on the job, Wilkins said she is moving to Liberty Hill, north of Austin, to serve as a director of finance starting Dec. 3.
Her new position will bring her two hours closer to where her parents live, she said.
“They’re getting up there in age,” she added.
At the Nov. 26 Katy City Council meeting, Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner said, “Thank you Becky for all your years of service to us.”
Wilkins will miss the camaraderie and sense of community when she leaves Katy. Initially, she said she didn’t understand until she accepted an invitation to a Katy High School football game. The public participation of young and old in what she saw as a cult following impressed her.
“It’s a really strong community,” she said.
Wilkins said the treasurer position has been posted and Byron Hebert, city administrator will serve as treasurer in the interim. Hebert was director of finance for the city from 2000-14 before he was appointed city administrator in 2014. The auditors are in house and will help him with the city, she added. Wilkins said she left behind a series of instructional videos on what and how she did things for people to view if they need to.
An ad seeking candidates for the open position says the city treasurer/finance director reports to the city administrator and is responsible for managing and directing the administration of the finance department to include payroll, accounts payable, purchasing, utility billing, banking activities, information systems, and tax collections.
Additional duties include: Preparing and reviewing budgets, monitoring revenue and spending trends within the city; reporting monthly and quarterly financial conditions; evaluating and reviewing the effectiveness of policies and software to ensure that future growth is anticipated and prepared for in advance of needs; reviewing investment and banking practices; directing and participating in investment functions for city funds; evaluating cash management practices; recommending and implementing changes as needed and participating as a member of the Emergency Management Team.
In addition, candidates are asked to have a bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, business, or related field; and six years of public sector finance experience which include some supervisory responsibilities.