By LIZ BUTTON
Lori Voss will join the Village of Bronxville as its new treasurer and collector of taxes this month, replacing Robert Fels, who retired in April.
The Board of Trustees unanimously approved Republican Mayor Mary Marvin’s appointment of Voss, who is currently deputy treasurer for the Village of Mamaroneck, at the board’s May 21 meeting.
Over the last few months, the village has experienced a whirlwind period of staff turnover, losing Fels and Village Administrator Harold Porr to retirement and Village Attorney John Cavallaro to a new job.
“I am looking forward to coming to Bronxville,” Voss, 59, said. “It’s an outstanding opportunity…The board is very well run, they’re well governed and the village staff is remarkably diligent and competent. You really can’t ask for more.”
The Bronxville job is a step up for Voss, who joins the village on June 23.
She started as an accountant for the Village of Mamaroneck in October 2007 and was promoted to deputy treasurer in January 2011. Before that, she served for seven years as comptroller for CLI Fleet, Inc., a car leasing business based in Rye.
Voss will receive an annual salary of $123,000 as Bronxville’s new village treasurer.
Voss, who lives in North Salem with her husband, received her undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University and her masters’ degree in business administration at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Penn. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the New York Society of CPAs as well as a state-certified municipal finance officer.
Marvin said the village’s new treasurer has made it her preliminary goal to upgrade the village’s accounting software and implement point-of-sale, telephone and online credit card payments and online tax payments.
“[Voss] is proficient in all of the newest computer systems as well as extremely proficient in debt financing and New York State Compliance Laws,” Marvin said.
Voss said the main difference between Bronxville and Mamaroneck is size.
While Bronxville has 6,375 people and is only one square mile, the Village of Mamaroneck has a population of 18,929 and totals 6.7 square miles in size.
“[Mamaroneck] has a larger budget. The payroll is almost double,” she said.
In addition, while Bronxville experiences financial impacts due to flooding from the Bronx River during storms, the village is landlocked. The Village of Mamaroneck, on the other hand, has a harbor and all its attendant issues, like flooding severe enough to require intervention by the Army Corps of Engineers, she said.
“Every municipality is different,” Voss said. “You’re basically learning it all over again. Each one has their own flavor.”
While Voss is getting a promotion, many of her new job’s responsibilities, like preparing financial accounting statements, are identical to those of her old one. But her new job will entail the regular responsibility of reporting to the Board of Trustees and the mayor, she said. It will be her role to present the board with financial information at meetings and at their request.
As treasurer, Voss will also work closely with new Village Administrator Jim Palmer, who left his position as village manager of Mount Kisco and joins Bronxville’s staff on June 23. Palmer is the village’s new budget officer, Voss said.
“I will do whatever [Palmer] needs to get the budget done,” Voss said. “My job is to support him on the entire project from start to finish.”
To prepare for her new role, Voss said she has been looking into the village’s finances and accounting systems and speaking to vendors and institutions Bronxville and Mamaroneck have in common, such as banks, bonds, attorneys and auditors.
Preparation for the challenges ahead “takes a lot of close attention,” Voss said, especially since Bronxville entered a new fiscal cycle on June 1 and has its annual audit coming up on Sept. 8.