City finance director steps down

PARKERSBURG – A change in leadership in the city’s finance department was announced Friday.

Mayor Bob Newell said acting director Angie Smith will step down from the position and he has appointed Darcie Dyke to the post effective Friday.

Newell said Smith made the decision for personal reasons. Newell said Smith’s move is more of a step aside to take another finance job within the city.

“She will move from acting finance director to be the financial compliance person in the development department,” Newell said. “This is more of a lateral move for her.”

Newell said the search for a permanent director will begin immediately.

Newell said he hopes the search will be completed soon.

“I hope we will have a replacement in the next few weeks,” Newell said.

“That department has been without a permanent director since January 2012, and while there are a number of people there who are capable we need someone who will be a go-to person and take responsibility for the department,” he said.

Smith was appointed after Doug Life resigned from the post after his arrest on an aggravated DUI charge after he crashed his truck on West Virginia 95 near Interstate 77. Life’s predecessor in the office, Randy Craig, resigned in 2009 after he was arrested on an embezzlement charge.

Newell said Smith has been in the finance department for eight years.

Newell said the finance director is an appointment of the mayor and does not require confirmation by the city council.