Friday, June 12, 2015

Mayor Jones Announces New Deputy CAO for Finance and Administration


Mayor Dwight C. Jones today announced the appointment of Lenora Reid as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Finance and Administration. Reid has worked as Director of Finance for the City of Suffolk since 2012, during which time the City earned a “AAA” bond rating.

“Ms. Reid is an accomplished leader in public finance,” said Mayor Jones. “I look forward to her aggressive efforts to strengthen capabilities in our finance team and deliver results.”

Reid previously worked in several positions for the City of Richmond from 2003 to 2007, to include serving as Acting City Controller. She worked as Controller for the City of Portsmouth from 2008 to 2012.

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

As Suffolk’s Finance Director, Reid has been responsible for all aspects of accounting and reporting, budget and strategic planning, purchasing, and preparation of the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR.

“I’ve worked with Leonora Reid for some time,” said Chief Administrative Officer Selena Cuffee-Glenn. “I know her work, her ability to get things done, and I trust her to build and lead teams. She will be a great addition to our City leadership team.”

“The City advances when professionals return here after building skills in other localities,” said Kathy Graziano, who chairs the City Council’s Finance Committee. “I look forward to working with Ms. Reid to strengthen the City’s finances and reporting.”

Reid will begin City service on July 1. She succeeds Norman Butts, who resigned to spend more time with his family.

“We’re grateful to Norm Butts for his contributions to the City, and we wish him all the best,” said Cuffee-Glenn.