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Linn County Finance Director Dawn Jindrich has named Sara Bearrows as the County’s new Budget Director, effective July 29, 2019. Most recently, Bearrows served as Chief Deputy Treasurer in the Linn County Treasurer’s Office.
“Sara’s skills and experience in public sector accounting, investment management, and property taxes make her ideal for this role,” said Jindrich. “I am excited to welcome Sara to the Finance and Budget Department where her experience and professionalism will continue to benefit the County and our residents.”
As Budget Director, Bearrows will develop, present, and administer the County's annual operating budget; review departmental budget requests; analyze adequacy of fund balance reserves and ensure budget compliance with the Code of Iowa; provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, elected officials and department heads on decisions relating to financial issues; and implement procedures to effectively manage the allocation of County resources in alignment with the County’s Strategic Plan and Customer-Centered Culture principles.
Bearrows is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Prior to her appointment as Chief Deputy Treasurer, she worked as a governmental auditor and tax preparer for Wright, Ward, Hatten & Guel, CPAs in Gulfport, Mississippi.