Fiscal Officer To Pursue Artist's Life


Payson's chief fiscal officer for 10-and-a-half years has tabulated his last budget. Glenn Smith is retiring, effective June 1.

"It's kind of exciting," he said. "I haven't had a new chapter in 40 years. I'm looking forward to a new chapter."


Glenn Smith was honored with a surprise retirement party on Tuesday at the Payson Town Hall. Smith has worked as the town's chief fiscal officer for the last decade. His last day is June 1.

Smith said he has plans -- big ones -- for his amateur photography career, now that he is putting down the calculator.

"I'll probably be more busy with photography, than I was working 40 hours a week," he said.

He said he plans to travel the country with his wife, Sherry, and has dreams of visiting all of the national parks. He'll have his camera at the ready the whole ride.

Smith's photography focuses primarily on landscapes and close-ups of flowers. Some of his work hangs throughout the Payson Town Hall building.

His custom-made frames and trademark dried flowers adorn most of his photography, which Smith said, he'd like to catch up on.

Craft shows, galleries, a portfolio and a Web site to promote his work are all tasks on Smith's new, wide-open to-do list.

Smith came to Payson just over 10 years ago, after a chance meeting with former mayor, Vern Stiffler, turned into a friendship and eventually a job offer.

Smith befriended Stiffler at a government conference, because the two were both new to their jobs and didn't know many people.

"He was the new mayor and I was new at my job in Florence," Smith said. "So I decided to go sit with him. The next year, we talked a bit more and became friends."

Smith worked as a chief fiscal officer or director of finance in several cities and towns before moving to Payson.

"I've been working for governments my whole career," he said. "Over 40 years."

Smith graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Colorado State University. From there, he worked for the town of Fort Collins, Colo., and then for the city of Cortez, Colo., as the director of finance and as city clerk.

He held a job as comptroller and assistant finance director for the city of Aurora, Colo.

Smith's 40-year tenure in government financing has resulted in extensive knowledge on the subject. In turn, Smith has received an award in each of his years as chief fiscal officer for the Town of Payson, for its compliance with government audit and budget guidelines.

"I have the satisfaction of knowing what I'm doing," he said. "And that other people know that I know what I'm doing. I'm having fun doing it."

Smith said he is proud of Payson's financial department and the wealth of knowledge other employees in the department possess.

"I've had real good staffs over the years," he said. "I've worked with people here who 11 years ago, had no concept of what government finance was and now they know a great deal. There are very knowledgeable people in the department here. I'm proud of sharing my knowledge and mentoring them."

Although Smith's new focus will be a far cry from numbers and budgeting, he said he may still dabble in private financial consulting.

"It'll be nice to be able to choose where I help out," he said.

With only a few days left in his career, Smith said he is content and has no regrets.

"It's been a fun ride," Smith said. "It's been good to me. Now, I'm going to go do something else."

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