Selma School Board selects financial officer

Published 10:52pm Wednesday, September 15, 2010

SELMA — Grindal Harris will become the next chief school financial officer, if she clears a background check.

The Selma City School Board voted 3-2 to hire Harris, one of six applicants for the position. Those voting for Harris were Henry Hicks, Brenda Obamanu and Holland Powell.

Frank Chestnut Jr. and Udo Ufomadu voted for the other finalist, Elouise Brown.

The votes came after board members interviewed each finalist.

Harris, of Selma, earned an associate degree in computer science from Wallace Community College Selma and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama Birmingham. She had worked in the Selma City Schools several years ago. She is a senior accountant at Bush Hog.

“Today, we need someone to hit the ground running,” said board president Henry Hicks, as a way of explaining his vote for Harris.

Harris had worked for Selma City Schools from 1993-97 as the federal program bookkeeper.

Hicks appointed Powell to work with the board’s attorney, Katy Campbell, to draw up a contract and begin salary negotiations with Harris.

Harris will also undergo a background check and must be bonded, Campbell said.

The background check would take about two weeks to complete. Bonding could be completed in several days, the attorney said.

The school board did not set a date for Harris to begin work.

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  • bama

    Good luck to her. I hope she is up to the task and will fix the findings the state auditors had about the internal controls in the school system’s finance department. It would be very wise for the school system to use a CPA to help establish a system of internal controls and ensure that the transactions are recorded in full compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.

  • home

    I don’t know Ms. Harris But I wish her well in her new position.
    The only thing that disturbs me about the hiring process of the Selma City School System is… doing a background check after hiring an individual. It makes no sense to me. It appears they would have learned their lesson when they hired “Tim” as the CSFO.
    ONLY IN SELMA………….

  • bama22

    If Holland Powell voted for her, then she should be a good one.


    Congratulations ms. Harris. If you worked at Bush Hog, that’s good enough for me. popdukes12

    • bama32

      It’s funny how they failed to note E. Brown’s many accompolishments. In the past she has worked in the accounting department as an account coordinator, Production Coordinator, Production Planning Supervisor, Office Manager, Accounting Tech, Purchasing Agent, Business Manager, Director of Business Affairs, Payrol Coordinator,clerk,and at Bush Hog as the General Office Administrator and in the accounts receivable/cash applications department.She is currently working on obtaining her CPA and her Phd in Business Administration.

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