Town of Winter Park hires new finance director |

Town of Winter Park hires new finance director

Shawn Cordsen of Aurora has been hired as the new financial director for the town of Winter Park.

Cordsen’s background includes working for the Aurora public school system as a senior accountant and budget manager. He also worked as a budget and grants analyst for Arapahoe County and was budget supervisor for the town of Castle Rock.

Cordsen is “a great addition” to the staff, said Town Clerk Patti Garcia.

“He brings to the town of Winter Park the education and experience needed to best utilize and forecast the town’s finances,” she added.

Cordsen added he is looking forward to his new position with the town.

“I think there’s a lot of opportunity here,” he said in regard to financial planning and investment opportunities.

Part of his goal, he added, is to make sure the funding is there to accomplish “the goals and aspirations of the town council.”

While he said he plans to look into grant opportunities, he will mostly be looking to adequately invest the town’s current resources, he said, “and really looking at the cash flow needs.”

After examining some current budget reports and financial documents, Cordsen said he also plans to take those types of documents to the next level by creating “really useful documents for both the staff and the public” “ones that are “informative, and really lay out the plan of attack for the town.”

Cordsen doesn’t have much time to get his feet wet. The town council tentatively plans to conduct a hearing for the 2008 budget at its next session in November, and the end-of-the-year financial report will be due shortly after that.

“Fall and winter months are probably some of the busiest for this department,” Cordsen admitted with a grin. “I’m excited. I’ve been through both sides ” the accounting and the budget side. So, I’m used to it.”

Cordsen and his wife, Trish, currently live in Granby but are looking to move into the Fraser Valley. They have dreamed of moving to the mountains for some time, Cordsen said. When he received his graduate degree this past spring in general business administration, the couple decided it was time to make the move.

“It’s been (our) goal to get up to the mountains,” Cordsen said.

He added that he looks forward to helping the town achieve its goals and “finding time to play in the mountains.”

Cordsen is taking the place of Nancy Anderson, Winter Park’s former finance and human resources director. Anderson worked for the town for 16 years. She resigned to pursue other opportunities in the Fraser Valley, Garcia said. Anderson was recently hired by the Fraser Sanitation District.

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