City of Thomson

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The City of Thomson, GA is seeking a new Finance Director. The City has a five-member City Council with an at-large Mayor and a City Administrator. Located in East Georgia, Thomson has a population of 6,783 with a total of 21,633 in McDuffie County. Thomson and McDuffie County have historically collaborated on community activities and services. This continues today with a list of services that includes public safety; construction and maintenance of highways, streets, and infrastructure; zoning and code enforcement; court-related functions; recreational activities and cultural events; animal services; tax appraisal/administration; general administrative services; and outside agency support.


The Finance Director is responsible for directing all financial activities of the City. Successful performance in this position contributes to the financial accuracy of the budget and reports. The City Accountant (Accountant I) and Customer Service Coordinator of the Utility Billing Department report directly to the Finance Director. The need for accurate and complete information for accounting, oversight of utility billing, and auditing functions contributes to the complexity of the position. The Finance Director will be responsible for monitoring and servicing GEFA loans for three water and water reclamation projects, with the concurrent need to balance utility expenses and revenues in a growing community. The current budget for the Finance Department is $22.7M, including a $6.8M Water-Sewer Fund and an $8.13M Natural Gas Fund. The successful candidate will bring:


  • Competence and integrity.
  • Extensive government finance experience and may also bring auditing experience.
  • The ability to convert from cash to modified accrual accounting.
  • Experience with Munis or similar software in optimizing automated functionality.
  • Experience with remote reading systems for utility meters.
  • The ability to confidently lead with an articulated vision, and in effective partnership with the City Administrator, Mayor and Council, departments, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related discipline.
  • Five years of governmental finance, accounting, auditing, or related experience,
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Compensation & Benefits:

The expected salary range for the Finance Director is $90,000 – $110,000 (DOQ). Relocation expenses are negotiable. City of Thomson benefits include: Health Insurance – City pays 100% of Employee Coverage (Base Option Plan) and 50% of Dependent Coverage (tobacco surcharge); Life Insurance – City pays 100% ($15,000 policy);GMEBS Retirement Plan – City pays 100%; Family Y Membership – City pays 100% (after 3 month of employment, must go 12 times per month); 10 Paid Holidays; Earned Vacation and Sick Leave; Voluntary benefits include Vision and Dental, Newport Group (457b), Nationwide (457b), LegalShield, Transamerica Insurance, and Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance


How to Apply:

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, a list of at least five job-related references (with email and phone numbers), as well as salary history by July 19, 2024, to direct any questions to Jeff Hale, Associate, Mercer Group Associates, at or 706-371-6126 or Lisa Ward, Senior Associate,, 706-983-9326.


The City of Thomson is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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