The chief financial officer for the District of West Kelowna has been recognized for his work as the district’s top money man.
Jim Zaffino has received a professional service award for leadership from the Local Government Management Association, which held its annual conference last week in Penticton.
The award recognizes outstanding service provided to a municipality or regional district through the development of management procedures and programs which have resulted in significant cost savings and efficiency.
“During the five years that I have worked with Jim, I have found his service to be of the utmost quality and a key part of our success. He delivers on his promise to provide a balanced budget while still finding the required funding to provide much-needed services to our community,” said Jason Johnson, West Kelowna’s chief administrative officer.
According to the district, through Zaffino’s financial expertise, direction and guidance, the municipality has achieved remarkable financial success in its short existence, most notably amassing almost $22 million in reserves in just four years.
This was far beyond what was envisioned as achievable by the governance committee that guided incorporation.
He has also been instrumental in securing significant grant funding for the municipality and is credited with superb negotiation skills.