By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
Hermitage City Manager Gary P. Hinkson chose someone he has worked with for a long time as the new finance director.
Sherry Iversen, who has been employed by the city since 1999, will replace Jami Kirila, who is leaving toward the end of the year after 18 years with the city.
Iversen will be paid $53,500 a year.
“Sherry brings a wealth of experience in government finance to the position, along with a solid work ethic and commitment to excellence that will benefit the entire community,” Hinkson said. “We are confident in her abilities to be a highly effective director of finance.”
Iversen served as the city’s receiver of taxes, collecting earned income tax, until 2012, when a state law did away with local EIT tax collection. That job is done at a countywide level by a hired firm, Berkheimer Tax Administration.
Berkheimer is based in Bangor, Pa., but has its Mercer County office in the Hermitage City Building.
Although the city’s receiver of taxes office was abolished, Iversen was kept in a new position, as finance supervisor, responsible for acting as a liaison with the EIT collection firm, collecting sewer fee delinquencies, keeping track of municipal lien files and vehicle fleet records and related duties.
The position of finance supervisor will be kept, but its duties likely will be altered.
“Sherry will take the EIT-related duties with her to the finance director position,” Hinkson said. “The position (of finance supervisor) will be filled but we will be taking some time to review that job description to see what changes will best address the city’s needs.”
Iversen will work with Kirila through the 2014 budget process.
Iversen graduated from Clarion University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Before taking the city job, she was a credit manager at Avalon Holdings, Warren, Ohio, and supervisor in the accounts payable department at the former Sharon Steel Corp., Farrell.