For the second time in the past year, the village of Waynesville is looking for a finance director.
Brandon Whitaker, the village’s finance director since October 2012, resigned, effective Aug. 9.
Whitaker, who was paid $40,000 a year by the village, graduated with a master’s degree in business administration on Aug. 10.
“I wish to pursue a career change into the private sector,” Whitaker said in a resignation letter. “I wish my successor luck.”
Village officials were looking forward to emerging from fiscal emergency after five years. The emergency was declared in April 2008 after a special state audit found the village overspent its budget by $2 million in 2005 and 2006.
The finance director, Scott Campbell, resigned after pornographic movies and gambling information, instead of the village financial records, were found on his work laptop in 2007. He was replaced by Staci Morris, who resigned in August 2012.
The village government has balanced the budget and worked to meet other requirements ending state oversight. In July, Whitaker helped prepare the 17th recovery plan, filed with the state in July in hopes of ending the emergency.
“We were very close to completing that when this happened,” village Manager Pat Higgins said Wednesday.
Police Chief Gary Copeland is acting finance director, while the village council looks for a replacement.
“They hope to have someone on very soon,” Higgins said.