Kline, a CPA, brings more than 20 years of experience in municipal, state and federal government finance, as well as in the private sector. She previously served as finance director for the cities of McDonough and Tybee Island, as well as director of accounting for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. She also worked for the U.S. Department of Treasury.
“We are excited to have someone with such vast experience join the city,” Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said. “Ms. Kline’s history of implementing sound fiscal policies for governments of all sizes will greatly benefit Brookhaven.”
As finance director, Kline will be tasked with managing the city’s $25 million annual budget, implementing budget policy and overseeing revenue anticipation.
“I was drawn to apply for the position because of the unique opportunity it would afford me in contributing to the establishment of the city’s finance function from the ground up.” Kline said. “It’s exciting to be a part of history.”
At McDonough, Kline oversaw a $20 million annual budget and instituted several operational changes that resulted in both financial and time savings for taxpayers. This included consolidating about 20 separate bank accounts to eliminate multiple monthly service charges. She also implemented a purchasing card program and oversaw a $3 million sewer repairs loan.
Kline received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia State University and received her certification as a Local Government Finance Officer from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. She was also recently designated a Certified Public Finance Officer through the Government Finance Officers Association’s CPFO program.
Kline’s first day is Friday.