Winston Robinson was the first Director of Finance when Cecil County moved to the Charter form of government in 2012.
This week, he is retiring from his position.
Robinson told the “Cecil Guardian” that, given he is 68 years old, he has decided he is ready for retirement.
Robinson had worked for the county from 2001 to 2006 in the Treasurer’s Office that was run by former county Treasurer Pam Howard. He then took a job working for the city of Wilmington, Delaware.
He returned to Cecil County in 2012 as the county worked to establish the positions and protocols for Charter government.
“One of the things I typically get hired for is change in management,” Robinson said, explaining he has enjoyed the challenges of transitioning from the Treasurer’s Office to the Finance Department. The process included putting the purchasing department under the finance umbrella.
Robinson’s time at the helm of the new department has included regular reports on county finances on the website with quarterly visits to the County Council to update them on the budget and projections for spending.
“We have disclosed much more of the budget process to citizens and the Council,” Robinson said.
This includes getting down into the details of the budget for individual departments.
“We have summaries by department and can predict expenses, showing exactly where the dollars are going,” he said. “It becomes a better guide.”
Robinson said these details help officials understand what is going on during the budget year and lets them see if any spending issues are arising.
Robinson said the budget is the way the county funds their goals.
“It gets everyone to understand the costs of services citizens need and want,” he said.
Having worked in the corporate world, Robinson said he was happy to have been able to serve in government to share his corporate finance knowledge with governmental financial management.
“I hope I’ve made a positive impact,” Robinson said.
Robinson praised the two dozen people who have worked in the Department of Finance.
“I think they’re a great group of individuals,” he said, adding that, in general, the county has a great team of people working for them in the administration building.
As for his plans for retirement, Robinson said his first job will be to build some bookshelves.
“I have many, many, many books and DVDs,” Robinson said.
He added that his wife is also compiling a list of volunteer organizations and he expects to be out into the community helping out.
Robinson’s last day on the job is this Friday.
Lisa Saxton, who has worked with Cecil County’s finance department for 17 years, has been named the Acting Director of Finance.