Kline left her position March 28 to become the finance director for the city of Brookhaven.
Her departure, according to city manager, Frederick Gardiner, was a significant one.
“Bonnie served as McDonough’s first ever finance director, served successfully in that capacity and she will be missed,” he said.
The timing with Kline’s resignation was sticky, said Gardiner, but they city is managing despite it.
“Bonnie’s leaving during the budget development process has slowed us down, however, we started our process earlier than in previous years, so we should be ok if the new person starts within a month,” he said.
Since the vacancy opened, Gardiner said the human resources department has advertised the open position and from that pool of applicants, resumes were evaluated and three candidates interviewed.
“We are now completing a second round of interviews and will take the top candidate to mayor and council for their approval,” said Gardiner.
Gardiner recommended an interim finance director at the city council’s workshop meeting April 4.
The goal, however, is to have a permanent finance director in place as soon as possible.
“It is my goal to have a new director in place by the end of April or early May,” he said. “The job is advertised as open until filled, however, we are interviewing qualified applicants as they apply. As I stated before, we have already interviewed three candidates and have narrowed it down to two candidates.”
Qualifications for the position include a candidate who has recently served or is serving as a finance director in a local government capacity, a bachelor’s degree and certified public account designation.
Gardiner said he is looking forward to the search ahead and finding the right candidate to step into the role.
“I’m very excited about what our top candidates have to offer and I’m looking forward to accomplishing our mission in the most efficient and effective manner,” he said. “The finance director is key to us accomplishing that mission set by the mayor and council.”