Finance director leaving

Published 9:08 pm Monday, June 15, 2015

Suffolk Finance Director Lenora Reid has tendered her resignation.

Reid will become the deputy chief administrative officer for finance and administration in the city of Richmond, according to a press release from that city.

She has worked in Suffolk since 2012 and became the finance director after Anne Seward left the position in fall 2013 to become county administrator in Isle of Wight.

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Reid follows former Suffolk City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn to the state’s capital. Cuffee-Glenn announced in April she would leave in May. Reid and Cuffee-Glenn both previously worked for the city of Richmond.

Reid served as acting city controller for Richmond from 2003 to 2007. She served as controller in Portsmouth from 2008 to 2012, when she left for Suffolk.

“Ms. Reid is an accomplished leader in public finance,” Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones stated in a press release announcing Reid’s appointment. “I look forward to her aggressive efforts to strengthen capabilities in our finance team and deliver results.”

Jones noted that the city earned a AAA bond rating from the Standard & Poor’s rating agency for the first time under Reid’s tenure.

She is a certified public accountant and holds the professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant. She earned an MBA from Strayer University and a dual bachelor’s degree with honors in accounting and management from the University of the District of Columbia.

“I am appreciative of the opportunity that was provided to me to serve the administration, staff and the citizens of Suffolk,” Reid wrote in a June 12 letter to Interim City Manager Patrick Roberts. “I have enjoyed my tenure with the city and hope to be able to work with you again in the future. I anticipate the news of the city of Suffolk receiving AAA bond ratings from Fitch and Moody’s rating agencies under your leadership.”

Reid will begin serve in Richmond on July 1. She succeeds Norman Butts, “who resigned to spend more time with his family,” according to the release.