Transparency a goal for new CFO
City's new chief financial officer starts work on Monday
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 06:00 am
Keeping nothing in the dark is a top priority for the city’s new general manager and chief financial officer.
Mike Dion will be starting his new position on Monday, July 28.
A certified accountant with a master in business administration, Dion said the job is a natural fit.
“I always feel passionate about transparency and accountability,” he said.
“And I think because it’s public service and I have a passion for public service.”
Mike Dion was appointed the city’s new chief financial officer in early July. He is replacing Anita Ho, whose resignation was announced in May.
Dion was previously employed as the vice president of finance and administration at Selkirk College in British Columbia. He spent 12 years at the college.
Prior to that, he worked as the vice president of operations at the Grande Prairie Regional College for three years, and 12 years as general manager and controller for Sundance Forest Industries in Edson.
Dion said he decided to return to the Edmonton region to be closer to his family, adding that moving into the public sector allows him to give back to the community.
“I feel there is part of giving back to society and making a contribution to society and one of the best ways to accomplish that is in a civic setting as opposed to being part of a corporation,” he said.
“You can really make a difference.”
While his first few weeks in St. Albert will be spend growing familiar with city operations and finances, he said his first duty will be researching the financial position of the city and working on next year’s budget.
He also said he wants to build effective relationships with city administration, the city manager and his team.
Other duties include preparing financial reports, presenting the financial operation of the city and “being transparent about it so there are no doubts or dark secrets,” he said.
“Especially as a professional accountant I’m due to do that,” he said. “I am ethically inclined and bound to do that. But even so it’s who I am.”