• Thu. May 23rd, 2024

West Fargo pins Heide Delorme as new finance director – InForum

WEST FARGO — West Fargo has hired former Bismarck School Board president and current United Way executive Heide Delorme as its next finance director.

Delorme will be responsible for the management of accounting, debt/treasury, utility billing, budgeting, accounts payable/receivable, payroll and investments of West Fargo.

Last week, a hiring committee including Mayor Bernie Dardis and Commissioner Roben Anderson interviewed three finalists for the position vacated by Judith Afdhal, who resigned April 7 after less than a year on the job.

The committee considered Delorme along with West Fargo resident Eric Carlson and Iowa resident Brian Majeski.

City Communications Specialist Rachel Richter Lordemann said the city received 14 applications for the position.

Assistant City Administrator Dustin Scott on Monday, May 15, said the hiring committee unanimously voted to extend an offer to Delorme, who will begin her new role June 19.

Delorme will earn a salary of $123,677, which is equal to Afdahl’s 2023 salary.

Delorme is currently the director of finance and administration for the United Way of Cass Clay. She moved to West Fargo from Bismarck in 2022 after working as assistant chief financial officer for the North Dakota Department of Human Services and director of administration for the Department of Water Resources.

She was previously the accounting manager for Mandan Parks and Recreation and served two terms as a member of the Bismarck School Board. Delorme holds a Bachelor of science in accounting from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

“Heide’s previous experience makes her an excellent fit to lead our finance department,” Scott said in a statement. “She has financial experience in government, both as an employee and elected official, and has a breadth of both technical and managerial knowledge that will be a great asset for the City of West Fargo.”

Delorme will take over a department currently getting

contracted help from AE2S Nexus

, a group providing financial services including utility billing, accounting and 2024 budget preparation until roughly June 30 as the city eyes a new slate of staff.

Three finance department employees were fired

in late January and early February, and earlier this year city officials discovered widespread billing mistakes of city-provided utilities, such as water and sewer service. The mistakes resulted in a loss of at

least $1.25 million in taxpayer money,

according to a recent Forum analysis of public records.

Wendy Reuer covers all things West Fargo for The Forum.

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