Newton County names finance director
Nicole Cross to step up from interim role
Nicole Cross has been named Finance Director of Newton County.
Cross has been serving in that role in an interim capacity since Sept. 30 and has been with Newton County since August of 2014.
“I am pleased to name Nicole Cross our Finance Director,” said Newton County Manager Lloyd Kerr. “She has done an outstanding job as Interim Director and Chief Accounting Officer and we expect that to continue.”
Cross, a certified public accountant, was originally hired by Newton County as Chief Accounting Officer. As the Chief Accounting Officer she was responsible for managing the monthly close process, budget transfers and amendments, reconciliations, financial statements and budget analysis, preparing for and managing the external auditing process. She also led a team of professionals in the areas of grants, accounts receivable, payroll, accounts payable and purchasing.
On Sept. 30 Cross was named Interim Finance Director, in which she since has been responsible for all aspects of Newton County’s finances, including the budget process.
“She has brought many great ideas to the table,” Kerr said.
Newton County received a number of applications for the position. Of the qualified applicants who interviewed for the position, Cross was the only candidate to be considered a finalist.
Her appointment will become effective Feb. 22 pending ratification from the Board of Commissioners during the Feb. 21 public meeting at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.