Stepping down from office

Tammi Driggers Byrd, right, was congratulated by 196th District Judge Andrew Bench after being appointed as Hunt County Auditor in December 2017.

Hunt County will be needing a new chief financial officer, as Hunt County Auditor Tammi Driggers Byrd has retired from the position.

Judge Keli Aiken of the 354th District Court said Byrd announced her decision early last week.

“She had submitted her retirement paperwork and (196th District Court) Judge (Andrew) Bench and I accepted it,” Aiken said.

The Hunt County Human Resources Department posted a notice of the opening Friday.

Byrd, a longtime employee of the Hunt County Auditor’s Office, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Byrd was appointed as Hunt County Auditor in December by Bench and Aiken.

Byrd was to fill a two-year term, beginning Jan. 1, 2018 and assumed the office from former Hunt County Auditor Jimmy Hamilton, who retired.

Byrd, a lifelong Greenville resident, had worked in the auditor’s office for more than 31 years, starting with accounts payable, before being named auditor.

The County Auditor is the Chief Financial Officer of the county, responsible for the development and monitoring of the county budget, as well as providing recommendations to improve efficiency within county departments.

The judges of the district courts in Hunt County make the official appointments of the Hunt County Auditor’s position, with the appointment certified by the Hunt County Commissioners Court.

According to the official job description posted at www.huntcounty.net, among other duties the Hunt County Auditor is expected to oversee all county accounting functions in compliance with GAAP, GASB, and applicable laws, codes and regulations, assure financial transparency and accountability through regular internal audits and annual, independent audits, is responsible for maintaining accounting records and examining the accounts of all county officials and is responsible for commissioners court financial operations and disbursement of county funds.

Minimum qualifications for the position include a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance from an accredited university and a working knowledge of government auditing and accounting is essential.

The job pays $81,000 per year.

The Hunt County Human Resources Department Friday also posted an opening for an Assistant County Auditor.

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