Petersburg shake-up continues: Finance director ousted

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — There’s another shakeup in the City of Petersburg after Finance Director Irvin Carter was ousted by Acting City Manager Diroona Belton. Carter has served in this capacity for over five years.

“I know Ms. Belton, the acting city manager is somebody I went to high school with and is somebody I feel like the city can trust to really attack the problems as long as she gets the right backing and right support from city council and from the employees of the city,” Charles Barr said.

In a statement, Belton says they’re consulting with a management and budgeting practice. The assistant finance director will be working in Mr. Carter’s place while the city looks for a new finance director. Curtis Finney is the assistant finance director for the City of Petersburg.

Residents say a lack of accountability has been a major problem for the city.

“If they can start applying  the normal rules of operation and people are held accountable for the job hopefully that’ll make things move in the right direction,” Charlie Rawlings said.

Carter is the third of two other city employees let go in recent weeks including former City Manager William Johnson, III and former City Attorney Brian Telfair after a public uproar over the city’s finance problems.

The city put a financial update on its website Wednesday that said staff is working to cut the 2017 budget. They’re also working to fix water billing issues among other things.

Residents say officials working to fix problems and cleaning house is all good to them as long as it ends in positive change for the city.

“I think it’s a good move for the city and hopefully they will stay on task and have things that are transparent and come up with a plan,” Charlie Rawlings said.

Click here to access the financial update.

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