DAYTONA BEACH SHORES — When Kurt Swartzlander, 51, was named city manager earlier this year, one of the first tasks the former chief financial officer faced was hiring his replacement.
Swartzlander has promoted Lory Irwin, 48, from assistant chief financial officer to chief financial officer – she started on Saturday June 4.
Irwin joined the city nine years ago as a finance department accountant and rose through the ranks to deputy finance director in February 2017, working closely with Swartzlander.
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“I am excited about this new opportunity and believe my education and experience have prepared me well,” Irwin wrote in an email to the News-Journal. “I have learned a lot about financial management from Kurt over the past four years, and he will continue to be my mentor. We expect a smooth transition, and I look forward to working with Kurt and the rest of the management team on the financial strength of the city.
As Director, Irwin will manage the finance department, including accounts payable, accounts receivable and utility billing. It will prepare the annual financial reports; assist the Director General in the preparation and monitoring of the city’s annual budget; administer the city’s investment program; ensure TRIM (Truth in Millage) compliance; Compliance and preparation of FEMA reports; and grant solicitation and compliance, according to a city statement.
Irwin attended the SUNY Institute of Technology in his native New York for his undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting.
She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Financial Officer in Florida. After moving to Florida 11 years ago, Irwin served as a sales tax auditor for the Florida Department of Revenue and later as chief accounting officer for the Council on Aging of Volusia County.
After paying off more than $10 million in debt early last year, the city is in a “good financial position,” Swartzlander said in a news release. Irwin said the department runs the city like a business, “using a conservative tax approach.”
“We recognize that our citizens and businesses are the shareholders, and we work very hard to protect their capital,” she said. “Specifically, our strategy is to control long-term liabilities and recurring expenses, always budget for depreciation, and be careful with expenses. We take this financial responsibility very seriously.
Irwin added that a cohesive management team and solid plans will be key to keeping the city “on track with our financial situation.”
“Like all governments and businesses, there are always potential challenges,” Irwin said. “We do our best to plan for future financial needs, but changes in the economy and weather emergencies can sometimes lead to unforeseen expenses. We constantly keep an eye out for potential challenges and react if and when needed. »
Irwin is the current President of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association. She is also the city’s emergency management liaison to the Volusia County EOC in the event of an emergency.
Irwin’s annual salary will be $110,000.
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Having worked with the city’s new chief financial officer for the past four years, Swartzlander is confident in Irwin’s abilities as he began his new role with the city on Monday.
“Lory has worked in a senior finance role for several years and has proven to be an excellent leader with strong budgeting and financial reporting skills,” Swartzlander said in a press release. “She embraces Daytona Beach Shores’ conservative tax approach and commitment to financial excellence, and I know she will be a valuable addition to our leadership team.”
The city council appointed Swartzlander as the city’s city manager earlier this year after Michael Booker announced his intention to retire. Booker had been in the job for 22 years – he has been undergoing cancer treatment since 2020.
Swartzlander was originally scheduled to step in in July as city manager; however, Booker and his wife, who is a teacher, wanted more time off in the summer.
Swartzlander had served as deputy city manager for more than a year. He said he plans to build on the foundation laid by Booker and the city council over the past two decades.
Among his priorities as city manager are recruiting employees for hard-to-fill positions, advancing technology and automated services, and upgrading the sewer system in partnership with neighboring governments.
“The city is in a good position financially,” Swartzlander said. “As leaders, we need to strike the right balance between providing the high quality services our residents are used to, planning for a rainy day with adequate supplies, and managing the budget properly to keep the tax rate low.”
Swartzlander is originally from Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate degree at Kalamazoo College and later earned a master’s degree in business administration from Stetson University in DeLand. His first government job was as an accountant for the town of Holly Hill, from 2002 to 2005. In addition to his public experience, he worked in the private sector in electricity and food.
He was also founding Vice President of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.
Swartzlander’s annual salary is $153,000.
“Kurt Swartzlander has been a valued member of our leadership team, and the city council and I feel fortunate to have someone with his talent, experience and dedication as our new city manager,” said the mayor. of Daytona Beach Shores, Nancy Miller. “We welcome Kurt to this new role and look forward to working with him in the years to come.”