Buncombe County Hires New Finance Director

Buncombe County is pleased to announce Donald Warn

Staff Reports

In the wake of a very public financial scandal and after a national search and detailed hiring process, Buncombe County announces Donald Warn will be joining the Management Team as Finance Director. Warn will leave his position as Administrative Services Director for the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Denver, Colorado, to join Buncombe County’s administration.

As a member of the executive management team, he was responsible for the areas of finance, procurement, information technology, security, and internal audit. Prior to joining the District, he was the Finance Director for the Town of Parker, Co. Warn has extensive leadership experience and a very strong financial background that includes more than 20 years of accounting, budgeting, financial forecasting, and economic analysis. “We are excited to welcome Donald Warn to Buncombe County, states Commission Chair Brownie Newman, on behalf of the Board of Commission. “He brings decades of local government financial management experience and a strong commitment to public service. The Commission selected Warn from a strong pool of very qualified candidates. Along with the permanent County Manager position, for which the Commission is undertaking a national search process, Warn will play an important role in the new Buncombe County Management Team.”

Warn’s first day with the County will be Nov. 13. “Buncombe County is a beautiful place, and I am extremely excited that I will get to call it home,” says Warn. “Joining the County and serving the community is great opportunity and major responsibility. I understand the current climate in Buncombe County and disappointment that people feel right now, and I want everyone to know that I will do my part to restore credibility and faith in the County.”

His public sector experience also includes Assistant Finance Director for the City of Golden, Co., and Finance Director for Archuleta County, Co. Warn earned a B.S. in Accounting from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Warn is Past President of the Colorado Government Finance Officers Association (CGFOA), Co-chair of the CGFOA Technical Issues Committee, a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the GFOA Budget Review Committee, and the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA).


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