Bills for financial services questioned

The city has paid some $175,222 for contract financial services since September 2019 and at least two city councilmen want to know why.

At the Enterprise City Council meeting March 17, Council President Perry Vickers asked Mayor William “Bill” Cooper why the council was asked to approve yet another bill for financial services to the Dothan-based accounting firm of McClintock, Nelson and Associates P.C.

Since Jan. 21, McClintock has been paid more than $126,000 by the city and some $62,500 has been paid to Carr, Riggs and Ingram, bringing the total for outside financial services to more than $175,000.

Councilman Eugene Goolsby had questioned Cooper about when the need for assistance would stop at two previous work sessions. Neither he nor Vickers received a reply.

“I’m not going to be bashful. When are we going to get through with them?” Vickers asked— again—March 17 after being presented with an invoice for $18,574.53 from McClintock.

Enterprise Finance Director Lori Senn said that she thought the $18,574 was for financial work that could be divided between the city and the Water Works Board.

“I do think we need to send the water board a part of the bill,” said Councilman Turner Townsend. “We can pay the bill but then send their part to the water board.”

“I’m kind of concerned with the fact that we’ve paid over $170,000 to this bunch since they started,” Vickers said. “It’s time to close the book, as far as I’m concerned.”

Goolsby agreed, noting that he also has questioned the expense at more than one meeting.

Senn replied that she does not know when the finance department will stop needing outside assistance but that the council should be expected to be asked to approve at least one more bill from McClintock. “I know there will be another bill because people from their office were here this week.”

The responsibilities of the clerk-treasurer have been in “interim” status since the resignation of the man who had served as such since 2017 was accepted by the Enterprise Council at a meeting Sept. 9, 2019.

Assistant City Clerk Beverly Sweeney was named interim city clerk-treasurer by council majority, with Vickers and Goolsby casting the opposing votes.

Dean was named to the city clerk-treasurer post at the Enterprise City Council meeting Oct. 17, 2017, after the Enterprise City Council held daylong interviews of four finalists Oct. 12, 2017.

Until Dean’s appointment in 2017, the clerk-treasurer position had been filled by Sweeney and interim city treasurer Danielle Jackson who were appointed to the posts by the city council Oct. 4, 2016. Both had served as assistants to longtime Enterprise City Clerk-Treasurer Steve Hicks, who is now the Donalsonville, Ga., city manager.

Stephanie Crowe was hired by the mayor as the city’s first finance director Dec. 26, 2018. She resigned in August 2019.

The city clerk-treasurer reports to the mayor and city council and is responsible for the assistant city clerk, assistant city treasurer, financial specialist, administrative assistant, community services coordinator, chief revenue officer and water board office manager.

The city clerk-treasurer’s duties include responsibility for the daily administration of the city council and water board to include the preparation, implementation, and maintenance of documentation and projects related to council and various board actions.

The city clerk-treasurer also oversees the financial activities of all city operations, conducts budget meetings with department heads and submits budgets to the city council and mayor. All aspects of municipal elections are under the domain of the city clerk-treasurer.

The next meeting of the Enterprise City Council is Tuesday, April 7, in the Enterprise City Hall. A voting meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room. A voting meeting is at 6 p.m. in the council chambers. Both meetings are open to the public.

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