New finance director named

Published 10:05 pm Monday, August 22, 2011

The city of Suffolk named its new director of finance Monday afternoon.

Deborah H. White, the former director of finance and chief financial officers for the Augusta County Service Authority, will take over the position on Sept. 26. She replaces Dale Walker, whose forced resignation came in February.

Deborah H. White

White has more than 10 years of public accounting and government finance experience, according to a press release from the city.


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“Debbie has impressive technical competencies, experience in teambuilding and leadership skills that this critical position requires,” City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn said in the press release. “She has great vision for the department and a standard of accountability that this position demands.”

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia, where she received the Hugh Miller Award for Distinction in Studies.

White began her career as a systems analyst and then returned to school to earn her Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received the Dean’s Scholar/Thalhimer Family Award for Excellence in Business and was a graduate intern.

She served as a business consultant for Dr. Jesse Hughes at Old Dominion University, where she performed research and wrote articles on international budget standards, impact aid for state schools, cost accounting trends and general business issues.

She also was an accounting professor at the National College of Business and Technology in Roanoke, where she taught principles of accounting and governmental/non-profit accounting.

She then joined the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority, where she was responsible for audition preparation and financial reporting and also served as the liaison to the city of Roanoke. She then took the position at the Augusta County Service Authority.

White is a registered Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Finance Officer in Virginia.

She and her husband Roy, a fourth-generation Methodist minister, have three adult children, the youngest of whom is a senior at Old Dominion University. She graduated from Kecoughtan High School and has extended family in the area.