Rockingham, BF hire finance director

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BELLOWS FALLS — After a year without a finance director, the town of Rockingham welcomed Ronald Karvosky on Dec. 18.

Karvosky moved to New Hampshire in the 1980s. He has spent most of his professional career working in Walpole, N.H., at Hubbard Farms as director of finance and human resources. In 2016, Hubbard Farms decided to close its New Hampshire office; rather than move with the company to Tennessee, Karvosky decided to stay put in Marlborough, N.H. It was the first time in his career that he had ever collected unemployment.

Karvosky spent a year looking for a new job until he found the Rockingham finance director position.

He was familiar with Rockingham and Bellows Falls, having driven through the area plenty of times.

"It's a nice town," he said of Rockingham. He and his wife sometimes go shopping in Bellows Falls. He expects they'll spend more time in the village now that he works there. Anytime they go out to eat, he said, it will probably be in Bellows Falls. He's excited to work above the movie theater too, and can't wait to see the new Star Wars movie, "The Last Jedi."

"I haven't seen a movie in the theater in years," he said.

Already he's gotten to meet the workers down at Cafe 7, and he said the town staff has been very welcoming and supportive.

Karvosky is excited to be a part of town government again. He used to be a selectman in Marlow, N.H.

"I said I'd do it until it was no longer fun," he said. "I loved it."

He is familiar with some of the budgetary difficulties within the town and village. In terms of the village, he sees a disturbing trend of running deficits.

"We can't just keep running deficits," he said.

Currently, Karvosky is training on the town's accounting system. The type of accounting he'll be doing for the town is different than what he's used to because each different sector has its own fund.

Because he's still training, he will not be drafting the Fiscal Year 2019 budgets. He said Municipal Manager Shane O'Keefe decided to take the reins of

those budgets.

Despite budget difficulties for the town and village in the past, Karvosky isn't too nervous about drafting budgets in the future.

He's familiar with village residents' choice to vote down the 2018 proposed budget, resulting in the Board of Trustees cutting all four of the village's full-time firefighters.

He believes the taxpayers have every right to vote down a budget he drafts. "It's their duty to vote the budget they feel we can afford," he said. "But with budget cuts, there also comes service cuts."

Harmony Birch can be reached at hbirch@reformer.com, at @Birchharmony on Twitter and 802-254-2311, Ext. 153.

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