Swartz sworn in as city's CFO

Lee Ann Swartz, left, is congratulated by Enterprise Mayor William “Bill” Cooper after being sworn in to office as the city’s Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer at the city council meeting April 20. 

A military spouse with job experience spanning two continents has been sworn in as the city of Enterprise’s Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer.

Lee Ann Swartz was sworn in to office at the Enterprise City Council meeting April 20 by Enterprise Mayor William “Bill” Cooper, who had recommended Swartz to the council at the April 6 meeting.

The council had unanimously approved the mayor’s recommendation.

“As a military spouse, I have lived in numerous places and had the opportunity to work in a variety of industries over the last 26 years,” Swartz said. “I worked as a staff accountant for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) in Bamberg, Germany and while my husband was attending flight school at Fort Rucker, I worked as the accountant for Coldwell Banker/Prestige Homes Property Management.”

She also has served as the accountant for Regency Management, Inc. in Enterprise. “After another overseas move, I worked for Bank of America in Katterbach, Germany,” Schwartz said.

Swartz graduated Cum Laude from the University of Northern Iowa where she earned a B.A. in Business Administration majoring in accounting. While at Fort Riley, Kan., where the military family was stationed, she earned a Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in auditing from Kaplan University.

“Since moving back to Enterprise, I sat for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and earned my C.P.A. license with the state of Alabama,” Swartz said. “I am also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association.

“I joined McClintock, Nelson and Associates in 2017 where my main focus was governmental and not-for-profit auditing,” she said. “In addition to auditing, I specialized in a variety of solutions including tax preparation, compilations and reviews for clients in diverse industries such as agriculture, law, healthcare, construction, real estate, banking, retail, not-for-profit organizations and local governmental entities.

Swartz is the first person to fill the position of Chief Financial Officer for the city. The finance position had historically been called “city clerk-treasurer” but was changed during some personnel restructures approved by the city council in December 2020.

That title and responsibility change came on the heels of a strategic planning work session held by the council Nov. 19, 2020. At that meeting City Council President Turner Townsend said that with five department head slots unfilled, the council had the opportunity to re-look at the existing organizational chart to determine a course of action.

Beverly Sweeney has held the city clerk reins on an interim basis on and off since 2016. She and then interim city treasurer Danielle Jackson were appointed to the posts by the city council Oct. 4, 2016 after the retirement of longtime Enterprise City Clerk-Treasurer Steve Hicks. Both women had served as assistants to Hicks who is now the Donalsonville, Ga., city manager.

Robert “Bob” 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.

Dean resigned effective Oct. 31, 2019 and Sweeney was again named interim city clerk-treasurer by the city council.

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