New financial director on board at Gustine town hall | Community
GUSTINE – A new financial director is on board at Gustine town hall.
Jas Birring recently took on this role, arriving at Gustine after working for almost three years as a Senior Financial Analyst in the Budget Office at UC Merced.
She has a total of 16 years of experience in the field, with stints in a private practice of CPA, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the State.
“I wanted to do computer science (information technology) when I started in college, but back then it was the computer crash. I chose accounting and love it, ”Birring said.
She said her interest in Gustine’s job was piqued by the opportunity to make better use of her skill set. At UC Merced, Birring focused on budgeting.
“I miss accounting. I feel like this job will give me both (accounting and budgeting), which is what I prefer, ”she commented. “This is where I come from. It was a good time to take a step to use my skills.
Although she has experience in the private sector and with state and federal governments, Birring is new to municipal finance.
“It’s different, but I can’t wait to be there,” Birring said.
She succeeds CFO Lakhwinder Deol, who was with Gustine for about a year in finance. City manager Doug Dunford said Deol left Gustine to take a CFO position at Suisun City.
Dunford said Birring will officially be chief financial officer initially, but as she settles in and becomes more familiar with municipal finance, she will be promoted to chief financial officer.
He said Birring stood out among potential candidates for the job.
“She has the skills and qualifications to take us to the next level and move the city forward,” Dunford told Mattos Newspapers.
The importance of the finance department to local government cannot be overstated, he added.
An accurate overview of the city’s income and expenditure and a detailed budget are essential for city staff and council to make informed decisions, Dunford pointed out as an example.
In addition, virtually all projects the city is involved in go through the finance department, complex reporting requirements must be met, and an external auditor comes in every year to provide oversight.
“Nobody really understands how much work is put into this position over the year. You have to have people who are qualified,” Dunford said. “The finance position is kind of the unsung hero of the city.”