By Jeff Gallatin
Prior municipal government experience was a major factor in selecting Bay Village’s new finance director, Mayor Debbie Sutherland said.
Sutherland said Renee Mahoney, currently the assistant finance director for the city of Shaker Heights, stood out from among the dozen candidates to replace Steve Presley, who left Bay Village to become a combination city administrator and finance director for the East Side suburb of Pepper Pike. Mahoney was one of the first candidates for the post, Sutherland said. Mahoney is scheduled to start Jan. 4. Presley has continued to help out Bay Village part time by continuing to attend City Council meetings and handling some other finance work as Bay Village has looked for his successor.
“She’s a CPA (certified public accountant), so she’s very qualified financially, plus she has several years’ experience in municipal finances in Shaker Heights,” Sutherland said. “Since we’re heading into our budget discussions in Bay Village, her having experience in working in municipal finances will be a major plus in her being able to understand and work on them while we go about putting together our budget during a crucial time. She also was instrumental in installing and utilizing a MUNIS (financial system software) system in Shaker city finances. That’s something I’d ultimately like to have us to do here, so her experience in that area will be invaluable.”
Sutherland said Mahoney worked in several different areas of the Shaker Heights finance department during her nearly 20 years of working for the city. She started as a staff accountant from 1990 to 1997, and she also worked in accounts payable, payroll, fixed assets and financial statement preparation. She returned to the city as project manager for the MUNIS installation in 2006 after some time in education. She was promoted to assistant finance director in 2008.
“With her wide range of experience, she can understand what different
people have to do and help in several different areas as a result,” Sutherland said. “That will be a plus for getting
different work done as well.”
Mahoney said she’s looking forward to becoming a director for a city.
“Being a director has always been a goal of mine,” she said. “It was something I wanted to do at some point in my career.”
Mahoney said one of her goals will be to find ways to streamline the budget and finance work in the city.
“I’d like to review the practices and find some ways to modernize the process at the city,” she said.
She and her family have visited Bay Village for different events and to see the parks before, she said.
“It’s a nice community, and I’m looking forward to the commute into work along the lakeshore,” she said.
Prior to working for Shaker Heights, Mahoney was the business manager for Lakewood Catholic Academy. She was responsible for all financial matters relating to the startup of the academy as a new school. She is a cum laude graduate of The University of Toledo, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in accounting. She and her family live in Lakewood.