County1s chief fiscal officer quits
Not wanting to miss the opportunity, Nevada County’s usually prudent chief fiscal administrative officer is taking a chance.
After crunching numbers and keeping a watchful eye on the county’s finances for 21/2 years, Donna Fitting accepted a job with a laser manufacturer in Auburn where she will make the switch from finance to production control management.
Fitting said her experience in finance will provide a good foundation, but the new job will require her to learn new skills.
“So there’s a little bit of adventure in store for me,” Fitting said. “It’s kind of a leap of faith, and I look forward to the challenge. … It’s an opportunity I might miss if I don’t take it now.”
Fitting will work for Coherent Inc., a company that manufactures scientific, industrial and medical lasers and accessories. She worked for Coherent for nine years before coming to work for the county in the summer 1999.
Fitting – who will continue to live in Nevada City with her husband, Bill, and 12-year-old son, Cody – will become one of the many who make the daily commute to Auburn.
Fitting will be missed, said County Executive Officer Ted Gaebler.
“It’s very difficult to find public-sector financial people who are well trained and experienced and have the right kind of energy,” he said.
County governments, Gaebler said, are notorious for not having their fiscal side as well organized as private companies.
“But Donna has done a very good job in working in that environment and bringing things together so that our financial house is in much better order than when she first came here,” Gaebler said.
The county will begin the recruiting process to replace Fitting this week, he said. Assistant County Administrator Rick Haffey will carry Fitting’s title until a replacement is found.
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