Accountant named first Collier finance officer

Board vote unanimous

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Jeffrey M. Hinds, a certified public accountant, began work Feb. 18 in the newly created position of finance officer for Collier.

A township resident, Mr. Hinds was the commissioners' unanimous choice Feb. 13 for the new job.

He was selected from a field of 13 candidates.

Mr. Hinds will fill a vacancy that occurred earlier this year when longtime secretary Roberta Schmitt retired.

Former assistant secretary Valerie Salla was promoted to Mrs. Schmitt's position, the assistant secretary's job was eliminated and the finance officer was created.

The township finance officer will manage and supervise financial operations, conduct accounting work, serve as financial adviser and assist in preparing annual budget and long-term capital budget plans.

Board President Robert Schuler said he was impressed by Mr. Hinds' nonprofit work and said the growing township needs greater financial capability.

According to census data, the population in nearly 13,000-square-mile township has grown from 5,265 in 2000 to 7,080 in 2010.

Mr. Schuler estimated the current population at about 7,500.

Township manager Sal Sirabella said Mr. Hinds, who will be an independent contractor, will handle fiscal strategy and accounting, as well as monitor expenses. Fourteen essential duties and responsibilities are listed in his contractor performance standards.

He will be paid $38,000 a year.

Mr. Hinds held several high positions, including chief financial officer for First Bell Bancorp Inc./Bell Federal Savings and Loan Association of Bellevue from May 1986 to August 2003.

Before that, he was controller for Allied Security from October 1983 to May 1986 and was a public accountant at Price Waterhouse from August 1979 to October 1983.

Since September 2003, he has been self-employed as a CPA, specializing in consulting services to the banking industry and nonprofits, as well as the preparation of tax returns.

He also serves on the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton pastoral council.

He and his wife, Patricia, have three children, all of whom graduated from Chartiers Valley High School.

In other business:

• Commissioners voted to retain Roberta Sarraf to formulate requests for proposals for the comprehensive zoning ordinance and comprehensive subdivision and land development ordinance updates that must be done every 10 years.

• Animal Control Services of Houston, Pa., was given a three-year contract and Sidelines Tree Service LLC will sponsor the deck hockey court scoreboard with a $6,400 donation.

• Annual compensation for the offices of tax collector and treasurer was set at $10,000. The amount includes printing and postage expenses.

• Mr. Sirabella said work is continuing on the new township website, as well as the township map.


Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer:


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