Cassville city clerk bids adieu

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Evans leaving to pursue new opportunity

On May 31, 2020, nearly seven years to the day since she was hired, Jennifer Evans, Cassville city clerk and financial officer, will resign from her position in order to pursue an opportunity in Nixa.

Evans said her first day was April 1, 2013.

Evans

“I was hired as an accounting clerk,” she said. “After a year, the city clerk passed away, and I was promoted into that position.”

As the business manager of the city she was the person who was in charge of city finances.

“On the city clerk side, I was in charge of records and agendas,” she said. “And on the financial side, I had a part in debt and cash management, budgets and the yearly audit.”

Evans said she felt her best accomplishment in her position was the City of Cassville’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), for which she was awarded a certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting — three times.

“The mayor, council and city have been very supportive,” Evans said. “I achieved a certified public finance officer in 2016 after taking five tests in government financing.”

The auditor encouraged Evans to produce the CAFR, for which she received awards.

“That is a good accomplishment on behalf of the city,” she said. “[As I leave] the city is in a good position financially, of course, we don’t know what is coming ahead with the COVID-19 economic impacts.”

Evans hopes for the city of Cassville to continue to look forward, grow and build a stronger community.

“I accepted a position in Nixa as director of finance,” she said. “We will continue to live in Cassville, at least until 2023 when my daughter graduates.”

Although she will miss her co-workers and working with the mayor and city council, this new opportunity will be an interesting learning experience for her.

“There are great people who love Cassville, but I have to keep looking forward and growing,” she said. “We moved here in 1999 and have been a part of the community since. I have no regrets for raising my family here.”

As Evans opens this new chapter for her and her family, the experience is bittersweet.

“It is exciting, but I do like it here and my job and co-workers,” Evans said. “But, an opportunity came along that I can’t pass up.”

Steve Walensky, Cassville city administrator, said he is proud of Evans’ achievements and awards on the CAFR.

“It is a rare opportunity to take a city of our size and meet the highest levels of accounting,” he said. “That is a tribute to her. Saying she is leaving her position better than she found it would be an understatement. She has managed her responsibility in a great way.”

The city will be looking internally to distribute the load she carried.

“We would like to continue to apply for the CAFR,” he said. “We would like to see if we can continue to follow her great track record and follow in her footsteps.”

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