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New Finance Director

 

Brandon L. Summers

David Scott

David Scott is City of Sidney's first finance director.

The Lincoln native previously served as finance director for Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska, and comes to Sidney with a master's degree in finance from University of Nebraska.

Scott began tackling his duties Monday at City Hall.

"The No. 1 priority for the city is to clean up and reorganize their chart of accounts," Scott said. "Just make it more user-friendly for the manager and city council to read and understand their financial statements."

Creating the new position was necessary, Ed Sadler, Sidney city manager, said.

"Budgets used to be really very simple for local governments," Sadler said. "You have your general fund and everything else, but there are more rules imposed now by auditing standards, state standards, our reporting requirements, legal things when we go through TIFF and bonds."

Many of these duties have fallen to Geri Anthony, Sidney city clerk. Without her, Sadler said, decades of knowledge on city functions would be lost.

"In a lot of cases, it's been broken off into a finance director," Sadler said, "somebody who's going to specialize more so the clerk can go back to revenue collections, record-keeping, the minutes, open records documents. Things like that."

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