Township hires assistant controller

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Board of Trustees Monday approved hiring an assistant controller in the township’s accounting department.

Township Clerk Kathy Funk told the board Controller Beth Takacs needs an assistant because of her workload and because she must begin training someone in anticipation of her retirement June 1, 2021. Funk compared the controller’s position to that of chief financial officer of a multi-million-dollar company and said several of her duties occur on a rotating yearly basis, such as audits, budgets and end-of-year reconciliations. With those considerations, the training process for an assistant controller will be lengthy.

The assistant controller will be paid an annual salary of $50,000. Funk said a budget amendment for the salary is necessary because 60 percent of Takacs’ salary is paid from the general fund, and 40 percent is paid from sewer and water, and the assistant’s salary will be paid the same way.

Among the qualifications required for the position are a four-year degree in accounting or experience in governmental accounting at the board’s discretion. Duties would include knowledge of the township’s major accounting systems—accounts payable, payroll, general ledger, cash receipting and fixed asset inventory; creation of the township’s several annual operating budgets; long-term financial forecasting and planning; cost analysis for special projects such as labor contract, road projects, etc; long-term debt service investment analysis; retirement system administration for defined benefit and defined contribution plans; federal and state grant administration; preparation procedures for township annual audit; monitoring of the various township contracts for compliance; collection and administration of the township’s multi-million-dollar tax roll; accounting oversight of the township’s sewer and water system; prepare detailed financial reports for the township’s elected officials as needed; and training, supervision and job performance assessment of Accounting Department staff.

Treasurer Lisa R. Anderson said the board should make it clear that having both positions would not be a permanent situation and that the township’s personnel committee should look into ways to shift some duties so the controller’s workload would not be so heavy.