PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Metropolis of Pittsburg has introduced the appointment of Larissa Bowman to function its finance director following the retirement final month of Jamie Clarkson, who had served within the place for a number of years and in different positions with the town for almost 4 many years. Bowman beforehand held the place of deputy finance director since 2019.
“Jamie was an amazing mentor of mine once I was right here; all through my profession I’ve had a number of nice mentors and I’m very grateful for all their management, and I really feel like that is the place I’m imagined to be, as a result of early on in my profession I spotted that my ardour was to be a public servant,” Bowman says.
“I actually get pleasure from working for the taxpayers and ensuring that the cash is being utilized in probably the most environment friendly means. It’s a really rewarding place and I’m very grateful for the chance to work for the Metropolis of Pittsburg.”
Bowman was awarded her Bachelor of Enterprise Administration in Accounting diploma from Pittsburg State College in 2005. She served six years as deputy county clerk for Crawford County earlier than taking the deputy finance director place with the town, and her monetary background additionally contains expertise working as an accountant on the State of Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Providers, and as a workers accountant for Diehl, Banwart & Bolton, CPA.
“We’re enthusiastic about Larissa persevering with her glorious profession in public service as our director of finance,” Metropolis Supervisor Daron Corridor stated in a press launch. “Her abilities and expertise will serve the town nicely for a few years to come back.”
Bowman grew up on a farm in McCune, the place she attended elementary by means of highschool earlier than transferring to Pittsburg for faculty. In her free time, she enjoys household out of doors actions resembling occurring bike rides along with her husband Travis and daughters Addison and Emma.
With communities nationwide nonetheless feeling the financial influence of the coronavirus pandemic, Bowman is beginning her new job managing the town’s funds at a time that some may discover daunting. Bowman stated she is optimistic, although, citing the instance of higher-than-expected gross sales tax income final 12 months as a cause to count on that — financially, a minimum of — the town will have the ability to proceed to climate the COVID-19 disaster.
“I believe going by means of final 12 months in the course of the unsure instances and seeing the place we landed actually helped present how robust this neighborhood is and the way it’s not going to go down with out a combat,” Bowman says. “So, I believe financially, you already know, with the gross sales tax being robust throughout COVID, that speaks volumes for our space.”