New Finance Director starts in North Port
The City of North Port is glad to announce the hiring of Kimberly Ferrell as Finance Director. Kimberly’s extensive background in the finance sector is sure to help our Finance Department maintain its top-notch service.
Kimberly has 25 years of experience in governmental accounting, auditing, budgeting and financial management, and 26 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. Most recently, she served as Finance Director in Delray Beach, Florida. She has also previously worked for Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, FDOT, and Florida Department of Education.
She earned Bachelor of Science in accounting from Florida State University, and a Master of accounting also from FSU. Kimberly is a Certified Public Manager, Certified Government Finance Officer, and Certified Public Accountant.
“North Port is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, and part of maintaining that growth is making sure we’re operating on a balanced budget and being prudent with our residents’ tax dollars,” North Port City Manager Peter Lear said. “I’m confident Kimberly will keep us on the right track.”
The City’s Finance Department oversees a City budget of $161 million. The Department has received the “Distinguished Budget Award” from the Government Finance Officers Association every year for the last 11 years. This position opened due to the former Finance Director, Charlina Lowrie retiring after 12 years of service to the City of North Port.
Kimberly’s first day is Monday, February 11. The Finance Department can be reached at 941-429-7107.