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.
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
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
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.
family from Blytheville to Jonesboro in July.His
wife, Jennifer, teaches kindergarten at SUCCESS School
, and he
"The more difference she
can make, the better she
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