By Roger Ball
The Recreation Centers of Sun City West governing board members are in the process of preparing the budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year—but they are doing so without a chief financial officer.
Ken Gunville was hired for the CFO position in September 2018, but by March 5 he was no longer employed by RCSCW.
Katy O’Grady, RCSCW general services officer, said other staff members are working with the board members to make the process workable.
“Our Accounting team is working on the budget and expects to have a draft ready for Budget and Finance Committee soon. We are still on track with our budgeting schedule for the board to adopt it in May,” Ms. O’Grady said.
Jim Sloan, governing board president, also was optimistic that the current staff would be able to handle the situation.
“Ken’s departure puts a different, additional demand on all involved. We are fortunate that existing accounting staff is very competent and is working with our general manager, Bill Schwind, to complete the budget on time,” Mr. Sloan said. “Bill will have intimate knowledge of the budget and the process because he has been part of it!”
In February, Barbara Senefeld resigned as treasurer and a member of the governing board. As treasurer she was also chairwoman of the
Budget and Finance Committee. Bryan Walus, former RCSCW board vice president, was elected treasurer during the Feb. 28 board meeting and will be leading the committee portion of the budget planning.
Mr. Walus, citing the two departures as coincidental, said he is confident things will be back on track for the next committee meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday March 19, in the Governing Board Conference Room of the R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd.