Snow Hill, Maryland – During their September 7, 2021 meeting, the commissioners honored Budget Officer Kathy Whited, who will retire later this month following a 23-year career with Worcester County Government (WCG).
“I am incredibly grateful to have worked alongside this consummate professional,” Chief Administrative Officer Weston Young said. “We are indebted to Kathy’s commitment and invaluable contributions to the county.”
Whited, a member of the Maryland Association of Counties Government Finance Officers Association and MACo Budget and Finance Affiliate, began her career as an accounting clerk in the Treasurer’s Office in 1998. She was promoted to budget officer in County Administration in 2000.
As the budget officer and a key financial management team member, she worked with three chief administrative officers, Gerald Mason (2000-2013), Harold Higgins (2013-2021), and Weston Young (2021 to present) in preparing and implementing the $200 million annual WCG operating budget.
As part of the financial management team that developed the multi-year fiscal plans to assist with annual budget forecasting, her decisions and responsibilities led to the ongoing prudent, fiscal performance that secured WCG’s solid financial standing, and helped the county shoulder the COVID-19 pandemic.
This resulted in the county obtaining clean opinions from TGM Group, LLC for each annual audit since 2000, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 13 consecutive years, and credit ratings of AA for Fitch, AA+ for Standard and Poor’s, and Aa2 for Moody’s Investor Services.
Whited also compiled the annual county budget and tax rate reports, and she developed and assisted with a leadership development program to train employees to prepare county departmental budgets and grants.
Whited and her husband, Ken, plan to spend more quality time with their children and grandchild, cycling, and traveling to see the wonders of the country in their recreation vehicle.
Kathy Whited passes the torch of leadership to incoming Budget Officer Candace Savage, a certified Government Financial Manager with 16 years of accounting experience.
For her lasting contributions to the community, we thank Whited and wish her a long and healthy retirement.
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