Mayor Williams Appoints Sheila Winfrey-Brown as Director of the Department of Finance

Posted on  10/25/2013 5:22 pm

Photo of Finance Director Sheila Winfrey-Brown

Today, Mayor Dennis P. Williams announced the appointment of Sheila Winfrey-Brown as new Director of the Department of Finance for the City of Wilmington. Ms. Winfrey-Brown currently serves as the Department’s Deputy Director. The Department of Finance is responsible for, among other things, billing and collecting bills owed to the City and paying for services and goods rendered to the City.

As Director, Ms. Winfrey-Brown will provide managerial direction and oversight of the Department of Finance. She will work to ensure the fiscal integrity of the City of Wilmington through the development and implementation of improved financial policies and practices.

“Ms. Winfrey-Brown is an accomplished professional with proven success in operations management and in building financial and accounting operations. This role will allow her to further the City’s mission of financial responsibility,” said Mayor Williams. “She is an excellent leader, with a solid record of improved financial performance and enhanced internal controls. I look forward to Ms. Winfrey-Brown leading the Department of Finance in an innovative direction.”

Ms. Winfrey-Brown has 19 years experience as Director of Cash Operations and Assistant Treasurer, Controller, Regional Controller, and Interim Assistant Vice President of Finance in the fields of higher education and charter school management. She also was an adjunct college professor for 11 years teaching introductory and intermediate accounting. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and of Widener University.

In her brief tenure as Deputy Director, Ms. Winfrey-Brown quickly showed results, including chairing a collections task force that was charged with developing a new and innovative collection strategy for large outstanding debt owed to the City. In the first four months, the task force has already collected 36% of its goal for fiscal year 2014. This has resulted in a positive impact on the City’s cash flow and a very positive impact on customer service opportunities that had not been addressed for several years.

“I am honored to be appointed Director of the Department of Finance. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of the great City of Wilmington,” said Winfrey-Brown. “I look forward to bringing energy and vision to the Department, while implementing new strategies and practices.”

Ms. Winfrey-Brown succeeds Laura Papas, who recently announced her pending retirement from the City of Wilmington after more than 30 years of service. Mayor Williams expressed his gratitude to Ms. Papas for her long tenure: “Ms. Papas served the City with tireless dedication and commitment for 33 years, and we are grateful for her many contributions,” said Mayor Williams. “Her financial knowledge and experience was particularly critical during the mayoral transition and the implementation of this Administration’s first budget.”

Ms. Winfrey-Brown will begin her tenure as Director of the Department of Finance on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.