By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — Jeffrey McClintock spent day two in his new job with Union County attending his first commissioners’ meeting and fielding press questions about his role as the county’s first financial director.
“I’m closer to home,” said McClintock, a Mifflinburg native who will bike to work using the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. “If I’m doing my job, watching expenses and looking at revenues, why should I not help where I pay my property taxes?” he asked.
McClintock left his job of nearly five years as Northumberland County’s chief financial officer to come to Union County at a salary of $75,000 a year.
Union County’s finances are significant enough that they require more time than the three commissioners have to spend, said Commissioner John Mathias, who oversees financial issues. A year-old vacancy in the county’s financial office led the commissioners to rethink things and decide on a full-time financial manager, he said.
“We need to have an individual fully involved in finance,” he said, noting such a move is planning for the county’s future. “We believe the technology and systems will help us work smarter and better.”
The future includes a financial software system the county recently installed, upgrading from a circa-1988 system, Mathias said. Learning it is among McClintock’s first tasks.
The relational database system is accessible from anywhere via the Internet, McClintock said, adding he had seen demonstrations of the New World Software system while with Northumberland County.
Diana Robinson, chief clerk and county administrator, still will have a hand in financial matters, but McClintock’s job will free her up for the many other tasks she becomes involved with in the county, Commissioner John Showers said.
Robinson’s more than 30 years with the county give her an institutional knowledge the commissioners find invaluable, Showers said.
In a Feb. 5 press release announcing McClintock’s departure, the Northumberland County commissioners praised his efforts in directing the county’s budget and other financial matters. Commissioner Vinny Clausi said McClintock worked “hard every day to save the taxpayers money.”
Mathias said, “We are delighted to have this new position.”