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Dec 9, 2021  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

City of Mar­i­on Con­troller, Julie Flo­res, has been serv­ing the cit­i­zens of Mar­i­on since Jan­u­ary, 2016. Since that time, she has suc­cess­ful­ly brought the City into a bet­ter finan­cial state in var­i­ous ways. This week, she report­ed to the May­or and fel­low depart­ment heads that next year for the first time since she began in her role, the City will no longer be bor­row­ing from the bond bank. She added that the health insur­ance begin­ning bal­ance of more than -$4.2 mil­lion (‘in the red’) before her appoint­ment, now sits at $825,000 (‘in the black’).

Flo­res has not only been work­ing dili­gent­ly to achieve the City of Marion’s finan­cial health, but striv­ing to bet­ter her­self in her pro­fes­sion. She was recent­ly award­ed the sta­tus of Cer­ti­fied Munic­i­pal Offi­cial through Accel­er­ate Indi­ana Munic­i­pal­i­ties (AIM)’s Munic­i­pal Man­age­ment Insti­tute. The title is giv­en to offi­cials who com­plete 24 cours­es under the pro­gram from learn­ing new leg­is­la­tion to man­ag­ing a staff. This is one exam­ple of Flo­res’ ongo­ing efforts to improve in her career.

Julie with Award taken by The News Herald

Deputy Con­troller Lyn­da Faw expressed pride in Flo­res’ achieve­ments on behalf of the depart­ment. Julie has served the com­mu­ni­ty by over­see­ing all finan­cial aspects of the City of Mar­i­on. Her fis­cal integri­ty, expe­ri­ence, and back­ground in gov­ern­ment has proven to help the City in mul­ti­ple areas. She works dili­gent­ly to be com­pli­ant by fol­low­ing all state and fed­er­al guide­lines. Fur­ther­more, her recent AIM cer­ti­fi­ca­tion demon­strates her efforts to increase her knowl­edge and lead­er­ship skills, and shows her deter­mi­na­tion to stay abreast on cur­rent man­dates that will direct­ly impact the cit­i­zens of Mar­i­on. We thank Julie for all her hard work to enhance the over­all finances of the City of Marion.”

May­or Jess Alum­baugh empha­sized over­all grat­i­tude towards Flo­res’ ded­i­cat­ed work and accom­plish­ments. Back in 2015 as I began to iden­ti­fy the staff I felt were essen­tial to help me lead the City into a pros­per­ous future, Julie was my only con­sid­er­a­tion for the Con­troller posi­tion. Her expe­ri­ence and integri­ty epit­o­mize what I expect from my admin­is­tra­tion, and her efforts and coun­sel have been invalu­able as I’ve made my fis­cal deci­sions in putting our city back on a road of recov­ery. While we still have a ways to go before we can be secure in our finan­cial future, the strides we have made over the past six years are mon­u­men­tal, and I attribute much of our suc­cess to Julie’s abil­i­ty to remain dili­gent dur­ing very demand­ing times.”

(pho­to cour­tesy of The News Herald)

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