Butts County’s Chief Financial Officer will be stepping down from her post after nearly five years on the job. Chiquita Barkley, who has served as Butts County’s Controller since mid-2013, gave her notice to Chairman Robert Henderson and Vice Chairman Joe Brown on January 3, 2018, citing a desire to pursue new opportunities.

In a statement released to County employees and elected officials yesterday, Barkley stated “It is with a heavy heart that I say farewell to each of you. My decision to leave Butts County after nearly 5 years of service has not come easily. I love this job, the great team I work with in my day-to day, and the citizens I have gotten to know over the years. I am honored to call you all ‘friend’!”

She continued “I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity, experiences and knowledge I have gained during my tenure here. I am especially grateful to the seated and past Board of Commissioners for entrusting this great county to me and my leadership”.

Barkley, the third person to hold the position since it was created fifteen years ago, made it her focus to work on areas of financial accountability, ensuring that the treasury of the County was properly managed and that spending, fiscal and investment policies were closely followed in a regulatory environment where public funding policy often changed with each legislative session. She also managed a complicated and intricate budget process each year and oversaw the County SPLOST programs and capital improvement funding program. Investment in the future was always an area that she felt very strongly about.

“We are sad to see Ms. Barkley leave Butts County but we always encourage our employees to seek opportunities that appeal to them and to pursue them with passion. We appreciate her service to the citizens of Butts County and her loyalty to the Board and Staff of the County” said Commission Chairman Robert Henderson. Barkley’s last day with Butts County will be on Friday, January 12th.