We now when Anderson County’s new Finance Director will begin her new job. Natalie Erb will start in that new role on May 18th and will earn $79,338 a year.
Erb was chosen by the county Finance Committee in a 4-3 vote last week over current interim budget director and longtime county employee Connie Aytes. Three other finalists for the position did not receive any votes from the seven-member panel.
Erb, who currently serves as finance director of the United Way of Anderson County, is a certified public accountant with over 20 years of financial management experience.
Aytes, meanwhile, told the News-Sentinel Monday that she intends to remain with the county as deputy finance director, a position also created by the Finance Committee, and she will earn $65,000 a year in that capacity while providing needed stability in the county budgeting office as the transition from the 1957 financial management laws to the 1981 law continues.
The Finance Committee was created by that switch, which proved controversial as it stripped the County Mayor’s office of many of its fiscal responsibilities. The switch also led to the resignations of longtime Budget Director Chris Phillips and longtime Purchasing Director Pamela Cotham earlier this year.
The Finance Committee will interview six candidates in early May for the Purchasing Director’s position and according to the minutes of the Finance Committee’s meeting last week, those candidates are: Tony Foreman; Ronnie Miller; Drexal Paulk; Stephanie Rathburn; Eric Seiber and David Woodward.