The city’s replacement for outgoing Director of Finance Debbie Reid is a familiar face to Mesquite residents.
Cindy Smith is set to take over as the new director of finance after arriving earlier this year as the assistant director of finance. Smith will take over for Reid, who is moving to Amarillo to take a similar role, on Oct. 1.
“Mesquite’s community has been very welcoming to me since I arrived earlier this year. And the team in our Finance Department have been very supportive during my transition into the organization,” Smith said in a news release. “I am grateful for this opportunity to continue my career with a city that is growing and expanding, and to serve citizens who expect a high performing government.”
Smith has more than 16 years of experience in the finance world and is certified as a Government Financial Manager and in Public Management, according to a city news release.
She previously worked in McKinney and also has a wide range of experience in Arizona, where she was the chief financial officer for the town of Payson, assistant director/chief financial officer for the state of Arizona’s Department of Health Services and the director of budget and finance for Arizona State University’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
“Cindy brings a wide range of financial background to us,” City Manager Cliff Keheley said in a news release. “She has accomplished so much at municipal, state and academic levels in terms of being a leader and fostering collaborative team approaches to directing large, complex budgets. Her knowledge and experiences will help guide us into our financial future.”