In an effort to consolidate some business services within the government, a business manager has been hired for the county, in addition to her duties at the City of Fort Scott.
Susan Bancroft started January 19, 2021 as a part-time Bourbon County Business Manager.
She is currently the City of Fort Scott’s Chief Financial Officer.
“For many years the city and county have had interlocal agreements in the area of public safety,” Bancroft said. “It’s been a long, positive relationship that serves the needs of the people of the city and the county.”
“A few years ago a task force was formed that looked at ways to save taxpayers money through shared services between the city and the county,” she said. “Recently, the county commission determined there was a need for a part-time business manager and approached the city to see if this could be a shared-service opportunity.”
To see an earlier story on the government service consolidation movement: https://fortscott.biz/news/bedco
To make the relationship work, Bancroft agreed to work his regular hours with the city of Fort Scott and an additional 20 hours for Bourbon County.
“My current position is based on a 40-hour work week, so that would be 20 overtime hours per week,” Bancroft said.
The Bourbon County Business Manager will initially be responsible for assisting the commission in the development and analysis of budgets and reports, human resource issues and policies, and accounts payable and receivable for public works, she said. In addition, she will be the interdepartmental liaison to build relationships and provide oversight. Additional rights should be added over time.
Bancroft will be paid $115,000 per year by the city. The county will pay the city $60,000 for Bancroft’s services, according to the agreement between the two.
The memorandum of understanding between the city and the county ends on December 31, 2021, with possible renewal.
To consult the agreement between the city and the department:
“Some may view this as additional dollars being spent at the county level,” she said. “However, some of the assigned tasks will replace expenses already incurred by the county through contracted services.”
“In addition, the City of Fort Scott will realize savings of approximately $34,000 from the partnership,” Bancroft said.
Bancroft worked for the City of Fort Scott from 2005 to 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and spent two of those years as Deputy City Manager/CFO.
From 2012 to 2015, she worked for $234 as a business manager/clerk. In 2015, she took a position with NPC International as Director of Human Capital Management until 2019 when she returned to the City of Fort Scott, as Director of Finance.
“HCM encompasses human resources, benefits, payroll and compliance,” she said. “NPC employed 40,000 employees at the time of my employment.”
“The four years I was in the private sector, I missed actively serving the community I lived in,” she said. “I am excited to use the knowledge I have gained over the past 20 years to evaluate processes, budgets, improve transparency and build relationships between the city and county and its constituents.”
“I strive to see the glass half full rather than half empty, always looking for opportunities for improvement,” she said. “One of my favorite Henry Ford quotes is ‘Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.’ I believe city and county leaders are working on this collaboration and expecting looking forward to many more opportunities to share services to reduce the burden on taxpayers.
Bancroft will have offices in both entities.
“The (county) commission is currently working on finding me a small space,” she said. “I am fortunate to also have the possibility of working remotely.”