CAMP VERDE - When Melissa Preston resigned a couple of weeks ago as the Town of Camp Verde's finance director she said the biggest reason was that the job was not a good fit.
Preston had come from the City of Glendale where, although she had a solid finance and accounting background, she served in the city's economic development office.
Helping create economic opportunities, she said, was where her heart was.
Committed to keeping Preston on staff, Town Manger Russ Martin began looking for alternatives that might keep her with the Town. The right opportunity came unexpectedly last week when long-time administrative assistant Valerie House announced she was leaving.
On Wednesday, Town Hall announced Preston would be staying and assuming the newly created position of economic development director.
"We didn't want to see Valerie leave. But it gave me an opportunity to shuffle some money and create a position we had hoped to create down the road," Martin said.
He said he received a nod from the mayor and council to do what he felt was in the Town's best interest.
For her part, Preston said she couldn't be happier.
"I never wanted to leave, but at the same time I didn't feel I was fulfilling the role of finance director to the standards I hold myself to. Having this new opportunity is a dream come true," she said.
In addition to the rehiring/transfer of Preston, the Town also announced the hiring of Mike Showers to fill Preston's former position as finance director.
Showers is a well-known Camp Verde native who has worked as a teacher at Camp Verde High School and as a financial officer for Rainbow Acres.
"Mike has everything we were looking for. He has been a chief financial officer. He has experience managing grants and he is known for his honesty and integrity," Martin said.
Showers, who left his digital media instructor position with the high school at the end of the last semester, said he is looking forward to his new job.
"I was bouncing around looking to find the right spot and this seemed to fit pretty well. I like the atmosphere here and I think I will enjoy working for the Town," Showers said.
Preston will be transitioning to her new position as it develops while helping Showers assume his role, implement the Town's new financial software and hire a town accountant.