4 Candidates Vie To Replace Chief Financial Officer

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The Payson Town Council heard presentations from four candidates for the chief financial officer position that became available after Glen Smith announced his retirement.

Three of the four candidates were at the Payson Public Library in a meet-and-greet session with the public Monday night.

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John Brooksby

Town Manager Fred Carpenter said the four candidates -- John Brooksby, David Croff, Michael Urie and Donna Meinerts -- will be interviewed by a committee and that committee will give him its recommendation.

Carpenter will choose a candidate, who must be approved by the council.

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David Croff

That could occur as early as Thursday night.

The candidates

John Brooksby, 55, has been the finance director for the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside for the past six years.

He said what attracted him to the Payson position was the town's beauty and proximity to the Valley.

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Donna Meinerts

Brooksby, who was born and raised in Mesa, said he has been coming to Payson for 40 years and remembers when the town was a small spot in the road.

He said the position would enable him to take on new challenges and allow him to be closer to his extended family and children.

David Croff, 54, is the assistant finance director and treasurer for the City of Provo, Utah, where he has worked for 22 years in various roles.

Croff applied for the Payson position looking for a more relaxed lifestyle in a small town environment.

"I see Payson in a transition mode from a small town to a mid-size city," he said.

He said Provo has a population of more than 300,000 and is expected to double in the next 15 years.

Michael Urie is the director of the administrative services department for the Town of Show Low.

Urie was not in attendance at Monday's event.

Donna Meinerts is a comptroller for the Town of Payson, where she has worked for the past eight years.

Meinerts is a certified government finance manager and has 30 years of experience in accounting and budgeting.

"This job is very similar to positions I've held in the private sector," she said.

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