COUNTY HIRES BRIAN HAINES TO LEAD FINANCIAL SERVICES DIVISION

COUNTY HIRES BRIAN HAINES TO LEAD FINANCIAL SERVICES DIVISION

Certified Public Accountant Brian D. Haines has been hired by Doña Ana County Manager David R. King as the new Director of Financial Services. Haines will oversee the county’s former departments of Finance, Purchasing, Grants and Accounting, all of which have been combined into one division as part of a restructuring plan approved by the Board of Commissioners last December.

Haines was hired by the county in May, 2001, as a temporary employee assigned to audit analyses. Based on his performance and quick learning curve, he was brought on board as a full-time audit control analyst the following November.

When the restructuring plan was announced and the position of Financial Services Director was posted, Haines said he was encouraged by many of his fellow county employees to apply, which he did. He was among three finalists for the job.

King said all three candidates brought strong experience to the table, but Haines’ status as an experienced CPA paired with his extensive knowledge of county finances gave him the edge.

“With Brian on board in this important position, I’m confident that all of the departments associated with managing the county’s finances will be able to more closely coordinate and communicate,” King said. “This will enhance service and savings that will help the county face the ever-expanding needs associated with its annual growth.”

Haines, 46, received his CPA certification in 1988. He has 15 years of public accounting experience specializing in government audits, including 10 years with the Las Cruces firm of Kriegel and Co., Ltd. During six of the years he was employed by Kriegel, Haines was the audit partner in charge of Doña Ana County’s annual audit.

He is familiar with the county’s computerized accounting system, the county’s bond funds and the county’s general ledger. He has established a good working relationship with the county Treasurer’s Office, which takes in all property taxes for use by the county and other tax-receiving entities. Further, Haines played an integral part in coordinating the county’s 2000-2001 audit, which was among the most favorable audits the county has ever undertaken.

“I’m excited by the prospect of this new challenge,” Haines said. “The county is a dynamic and growing entity whose finances are increasingly complex due to the demands for services and the successful acquisition of federal and state grants. I look forward to working with all of the county departments who depend on the Finance Division for internal services, and I also look forward to helping the elected officials and the general public better understand the county’s financial picture on a regular and periodic basis.”

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.