Johnstown Independent

Johnstown seeking new finance director


Less than two years after hiring Heber Howard to be its finance director, the village of Johnstown already is looking for his replacement.

Howard has taken a private-sector position village manager Jim Lenner said would "better him professionally," leaving the village to find a new director.

Howard started in his position Aug. 1, 2012, and was hired at $55,000 per year plus benefits.

The new position is listed on the village's website, and the village is looking to pay the new director in the range of $46,176 to $68,300 per year.

Lenner said the most important part of the search for Howard's replacement will be in finding someone who has financial experience in the public sector.

"We're looking for someone with public finance experience and general accounting experience, someone who can advise us on a budget and maintain our books as most finance directors do," Lenner said. "But the big key is trying to find someone with public-sector experience. The finances work a little differently in local government."

Johnstown's finance director hasn't been the lead on developing the budget for three years, Lenner said. As the village looks to hire a new director just months before the budget will be planned for 2015, he said, he knows the responsibility would fall to him again.

"The timing is a little off, but I've done the budget -- at least prepped it -- the last three years," Lenner said. "This one was going to be the first one handled by the finance director. It is what it is. We'll get it done, and luckily, we've done the last three here without the lead being the finance director."

The position is listed on Johnstown's employment page, and the village will accept applications until noon Monday, Aug. 11.

Lenner said the village has received only one application thus far, but he expects to see many more.

Johnstown processed about 20 applications when Howard was hired in 2012, and the position is posted on several job boards, he said.