Finance Director Deb Hinsvark tapped for deputy city manager
September 29, 2011
Steamboat Springs — City of Steamboat Springs Finance Director Deb Hinsvark will become the next deputy city manager.
The city announced Wednesday that Hinsvark would replace Wendy DuBord, who is retiring after nearly 19 years with Steamboat. DuBord's last official day is Oct. 6, but she will work part time a couple of days per week through November.
Hinsvark will take over as deputy city manager Oct. 9 but will maintain her duties as finance director.
"I love cities, and I want to move strategically beyond the numbers," she said. "But I think understanding the structure of a city financially helps me to do that. I feel like (becoming deputy city manager) will be a challenge, and I'm looking forward to that."
The city historically has hired one of its department leaders to be deputy city manager, City Manager Jon Roberts said. The deputy city manager typically retains his or her previous duties, as well. DuBord was director of internal services, a position
Roberts said the city would fill. He said that Anne Small has been acting director of internal services since DuBord filled in as acting city manager when he was recovering from a skiing accident and that she would be considered permanently if she were interested.
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Hinsvark, 60, joined the city in December 2009 as Steamboat's interim finance director. She has been a certified public accountant since 1992 but has 30 years of experience in finance.
Before coming to Steamboat, she worked for two years in public accounting for Clifton Gunderson LLP in Denver. From 2005 to 2007, she worked for the city of Kansas City, first as finance director and then chief financial officer. From 2000 to 2005, Hinsvark was debt administrator for the city and county of Denver. She has a master's degree in business administration from Colorado State University.
Hinsvark was hired to oversee Steamboat's finance department for six months, but she never left. Roberts said Hinsvark has been valuable to the city during her tenure.
He said that she has balanced the budget with declining revenues in tough economic times; was responsible for Steamboat receiving an upgraded credit rating and the city's first utilities credit rating; secured long-term, low-rate financing for the public promenade project at the base of Steamboat Ski Area; and overhauled the city's financial reporting system.
Roberts said he expects great things from Hinsvark, including restructuring how the city operates in a changing economy.
"I think it is going to be very positive for the city of Steamboat Springs as far as the city ensuring its long-term sustainability though fiscal prudence," he said.
Hinsvark said she would lean on the strength of her finance team to assist her as she transitions to more of an administrative role. Hinsvark said she also would rely on the city's management team as Steamboat enters an interesting time.
"We are looking forward to the next five years not really improving with the economy and possibly deteriorating a little more," she said. "We have ongoing liabilities that are going to grow over the next five years. Therefore, we have to come up with some creative ways to function as a city. We are going to have to communicate with the citizens to better understand what they want because services will change."
City Council President Cari Hermacinski said she was thrilled Hinsvark was named deputy city manager because someone like Hinsvark is rare among public servants.
"She watches every dime at the city as if it was her own," Hermacinski said. "She's really, really good."
As deputy city manager, Hinsvark's annual salary will decrease to $133,407, from $140,000. But Roberts said because she's becoming a permanent employee, instead of the contracted finance director, she would receive the city's full medical benefits and her overall compensation would be about the same as before.
— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com