Culpeper: New town finance director selected

One of two town positions has been filled.

After a closed session on Tuesday evening, the Culpeper Town Council announced their choice of Pon C. Yusuf to serve as its new finance director/treasurer replacing Ron Mabry who retired June 30.

Of the final candidates interviewed Yusuf was the number one choice of the nominating committee. She received the council’s full support.

“Pon was a unanimous choice,” said Mayor Chip Coleman. “She has a CPA which we were looking for as we move to strengthen our fiscal operations.”
Yusuf was selected from a field of 26 applicants. Plans call for her to start work Sept. 9.

Prior to accepting the finance director’s position in Culpeper, she was employed as the accounting manager for the City of Manassas, and has held that position since August 2012.

Yusuf, who lives in Centreville, holds a master’s degree in accounting from George Washington University earned in 1991 and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Prior to her employment in Manassas, she was the chief accountant for Prince William County Public Schools from November 2011 to July 2012. She also has served as the Accounting Division Chief for two years beginning in November 2009 at Fauquier County Government and Public Schools.

She supervised five employees while at Fauquier and managed and supervised the activities of the consolidated schools and county government finance departments.

During her government career, she has been actively involved in general ledger, payroll, accounts receivable, grants management, fixed assets, capital projects and account reconciliations of bank, investments and cash funds. She also coordinates audits and year-end tasks associated with fiscal year budgets.

Yusuf also served as the Financial Analysis Director at Freddie Mac for five years.

She is affiliated with a number of organizations and serves on Standard Setting Committee of the Virginia Government Finance Officers Association and the Northern Virginia Regional Training Committee.

Yusuf is married and has three children, two adult daughters and a teen-aged son.

Coleman is more than pleased with Yusuf’s selection.

“I was especially impressed when we negotiated her contract and joked that we were hiring her for the wrong position,” said Coleman. “She should be our town attorney. She is very much into the details…a trait much needed in her position. I look forward to our working together.”
Yusuf’s salary will be $112,000.

Interviewing

The selection of a new town manager is still ongoing. Acting town manager, Chris Hively, had been the council’s choice but Hively ultimately declined. He will remain as Director of Environmental Services.