The City of Ripon has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer/Deputy City Administrator.
On December 14, the Common Council approved the appointment of Amanda Toney to this position.
Prior to being appointed as the new CFO, Toney served as Treasurer/Real Estate Lister for Green Lake County.
According to her LinkedIn profile, she has been treasurer of Green Lake County since 2017 and treasurer of the city of Brooklyn since 2012.
Toney was also a finalist for a city administrator position in Omro.
The city of Ripon had eight to nine qualified candidates, but only four candidates, including Toney, were interviewed, according to city administrator Adam Sonntag.
the Commonwealth caught up with Toney to learn more about what attracted her to the position and her goals serving the City of Ripon.
Here is the conversation:
Q. What attracted you to the position of CFO/Deputy City Administrator of Ripon?
A. This position has interested me for some time. The responsibilities of this position are things that interest me and that I enjoy doing. I enjoy doing everyday tasks, but I also thrive when involved in new challenges.
Q. What was the interview process like?
A. Similar to any other interview process. I spoke with Adam Sonntag first before submitting my resume to make sure the position was still open.
After speaking with him, I sent him my CV. I then called for an interview with Adam, the mayor and town clerk, which lasted about an hour.
After that, I heard from Adam that they would like to continue contacting my references. After talking to all my references, I was offered the job. I thought about the offer over the weekend before accepting.
Q. What do you expect from this position?
A. Being able to put my skills that I learned in the county to use at another level of government. I love the path Ripon is heading and am thrilled to be a part of it.
Q. Could you describe your role as Green Lake County Treasurer and how it will impact your work for the City of Ripon?
A. As County Treasurer, one of my primary statutory responsibilities is to receive and disburse all county funds. I am also in charge of all county investments, levy disbursement, and sales tax management, to name a few. I think these qualities will serve me well in my new role as CFO.
Q. What attracted you to working in local government?
A. I grew up in local government and really benefited from it. My mother started as county treasurer when I was 5 years old.
Thanks to her, I was able to get a first-hand look at how local government works.
I then started as Treasurer for the City of Brooklyn in 2012 and really enjoy seeing how all of the government entities work together. The more I am involved in local government, the more I like it.
Q. How is working in government rewarding?
A. Honestly, I’ve always enjoyed helping the public and I find it very rewarding. For example, when I can help someone understand how their tax bill is calculated and what numbers make up their tax amount, I really like that.
Explaining a process that has many layers in it in a way that makes the audience feel more educated gives me great joy.