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Livonia New York Fire Department - Members, 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
Don Ray Sr.
Jonesboro Sun, 23 Sept 2006 [cached]
Don Ray (standing), Jonesboro's new finance director, watches as Interim Director Herb Davis shows him a spreadsheet on Friday in Jonesboro.
Davis, a retired finance director, stepped down from the position on Friday to make way for Ray.
JONESBORO -- Herb Davis completed his second round of service for the city of Jonesboro on Friday, stepping away as Don Ray took over as the city's new finance director.
Mayor Doug Formon said that Ray was the ideal candidate for the position.
Prior to that Ray worked for the Division of Legislative Audit for nine years.
Unlike most applicants for the position, Ray has a thorough understanding of municipal government finance, Formon said.
"Don was the only one that really came in and had the knowledge about how a municipality works and how it functions, and especially his auditing abilities that he has had in the past -- that was really the deciding factor," the mayor added.
Ray teaches accounting at Arkansas Northeastern College in his native Blytheville.He will continue his teaching duties through the end of this semester, while also working for the city.
Ray, who joined the staff on Monday, said he would work "as much as I need to" in his new position with Jonesboro.He initially plans to be in the office three days a week, plus nights and weekends when necessary.
"We have a very competent staff, and I'm confident in them," he added.
Ray said he believes discrepancies in the city's financial books will be straightened out by the beginning of 2007.
The discrepancies came during the conversion to the new Springbrook software and not from any mishandling of taxpayer money, according to Ray.
Ray said the main challenge for the staff is to grow more comfortable with their new tools.Additional training sessions are planned in the near future.
Ray moved his family from Blytheville to Jonesboro in July.His wife, Jennifer, teaches kindergarten at SUCCESS School, and he says she enjoys it.
"The more difference she can make, the better she feels," he said.
The Rays' son, Laden, 14, attends MacArthur Junior High.
"I just hopefully expect to do the job in terms of safeguarding the assets of the city," Ray said.
Jonesboro Sun, 25 Aug 2006 [cached]
They include Lonnie R. Parker, a retired executive for Raytheon of Tucson, Ariz.; Jennifer Gale Jasinski, business manager at Arkansas State University; and S. Don Ray, an accounting instructor at Arkansas Northeastern College and former finance director for the city of Blytheville.
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JONESBORO â€" Don Ray has ..., 23 Jan 2008 [cached]
JONESBORO â€" Don Ray has resigned as finance director for Jonesboro, effective Feb. 1.
Ray, who has worked for the city since September 2006, timed the effective date of his resignation with the state-imposed deadline for cities to have new operating budgets in place.
The City Council's Finance and Administration Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to consider a final draft spending plan.
Before coming to Jonesboro, Ray had taught accounting in area colleges, served as finance director for Blytheville and worked as a state auditor.
While he said he enjoyed working with the city's employees, his resignation letter to Mayor Doug Formon also cited frustration with the job.
"I regret my decision will result in the city searching for a fourth finance director in less than two years; however, I have become frustrated and disillusioned with the political nature of every activity and constant friction that exists between the political divisions within our city," Ray wrote.
Ray told The Sun soon after taking the job that he believed the problems could be resolved by the beginning of 2007.
Ray said Monday that he had no other job lined up at this point, but "there are a lot of opportunities."
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