Borough still searching for finance director

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2003

An ongoing search for a new Kenai Peninsula Borough finance director has drawn some 20 resumes from applicants.

Those applying are hoping to replace Jeff Sinz, who has taken a position with the municipality of Anchorage, but only a handful so far show the kind of government experience necessary, said Richard Campbell, the borough's general services director, on Wednesday.

"We will probably be interviewing people pretty quickly perhaps in the next week or two," Campbell said.

One possible prospect is a state government employee, he said. The others warranting one-on-one interviews are all from Outside, he said.

"Since they are out of town, we'll probably begin doing phone interviews this week and then fly in as soon as possible whomever we think is hot," Campbell said. "I hope we have a decision within a couple or three weeks."

The borough has been advertising the position for about three weeks, Campbell said. Filling it could take one to two months, given that whomever is hired will have to give notice before leaving his or her position and moving to the peninsula, he said.

"Meanwhile, Craig Chapman, the borough controller, is acting finance director," he said.

Sinz, who gave notice in June that he had accepted a job with Mayor Mark Begich's administration in Anchorage, had said he would leave Aug. 1. However, he moved that date up a week. His official last day was last Friday.

Sinz, now chief financial officer for Anchorage, was borough finance director for more than six years.

Considered a real asset to the borough for his financial talents and his ability to explain the nuances of municipal finances in clear terms to the layman, assembly members and borough administrators expressed regrets at his decision to leave.

All, however, wished him well, saying it was a good career move and that he would be missed.

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