Recently, several employees of the Village of Pinehurst were recognized by state and national organizations for exceptional performance.

Angel Smith, Code Compliance Specialist, was recognized by the NC Association of Certified Zoning Officials as the 2018 NCAZO Zoning Official of the year, announced the Village in a Friday news release. This award is given annually to only one zoning official in the entire state, recognizing their exceptional performance.

“Angel arguably has one of the toughest jobs at the Village, given the reaction most residents have when they learn they are not complying with Village rules and regulations. She manages conflict extremely well and always works collaboratively with our residents,” said Assistant Village Manager Natalie Hawkins.

Contributed photo of Pinehurst Code Compliance Specialist Angel Smith receiving her award.

According to the US Census Bureau, there are slightly over 89,000 local government bodies in the United States. Of those bodies, only 11 were awarded the Special Performance Measures Recognition by The Government Finance Officers Association.

For the twelve years in a row, Pinehurst received the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, according to the news release. The highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting, this award represents a significant achievement by the Village.

It reflects the commitment of both Village Council and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. The special measures recognition is given when a budget document receives an outstanding rating from all three reviewers. This is the third time the village has received this in the last four years.

“Our Financial Services Department, led by director Brooke Hunter, has once again gone above and beyond to communicate the Village Council’s goals, objectives, and financial plans to our residents in our annual Strategic Operating Plan,” Hawkins stated.”

“This award recognizes that work and reinforces our efforts to both professionally manage a high performing organization and maintain a strong financial condition,” Hawkins added. “I am especially proud we received the Special Performance Measures Recognition for the third time. The Village was one of only 11 governments in the nation that received this recognition last year, indicating we are among a very elite group of agencies with a robust performance measurement system.”

Contributed feature photo of Pinehurst Financial Services Department.



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