Tuesday, November 07, 2000

Butler comptroller to leave for university job in Arkansas




By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Dorethea Yates, who helped modernize and improve the bookkeeping in Butler County's largest city, is resigning to become the director of finance at the University of Arkan sas in Little Rock.

        Mrs. Yates' resignation as comptroller is effective Jan. 1.

        “She is going to be sorely missed,” City Manager Steve Sorrell said. “She provided us with a level of accounting expertise that this city was unaccustomed to for many, many years. She knows accounting principles and practices better than anybody I've ever known. Her willingness to help us and her strong work ethic were able to bring us from a position of unaccountability with the state auditor's office to one where we're now receiving state awards.”

        Despite the city's hiring freeze, Mr. Sorrell said he plans to replace Mrs. Yates, the city's chief accountant.

        He said the state auditor's office recommends filling the position, and the city could be cited if the post is not filled. Mrs. Yates' annual sal ary was about $70,000.

        Mrs. Yates, who has been employed with the city since May 1993, says her proudest accomplishments are modernizing the accounting system, beefing up the accounting staff and getting records in order.

        The northern Louisiana native lived in Little Rock for 13 years before moving to Hamilton.

        She begins her job at the University of Arkansas Jan. 8.

        “I'm looking forward to the interaction with the students,” said Mrs. Yates, 44.

       



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