Sheila Blackwell-Savoy Hired as New Finance Director; Proctor Retires in 2011
BATON ROUGE--On Nov. 17, 2010, the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) chose Sheila Blackwell-Savoy to be the new finance director. Blackwell-Savoy will replace retiring Finance Director, John "Mike" Proctor, in 2011.
While at BREC, Proctor made it a priority to improve internal controls, especially to fixed assets, and make upgrades to the computer system. In his early days at the agency, BREC owned one computer but rented software. BREC purchased its first automated financial system in 1983, the same year as BREC's first "unqualified" audit report. Proctor will be training Blackwell-Savoy on the software systems until he formally retires in Oct. 2011. Proctor will plan his own investments, particularly real estate, and travel to Europe and Asia with his wife Nancy.
Blackwell-Savoy, the current Accountant Manager for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), has spent 28 years working in the finance and accounting field. She was the Finance Director for the City of Alexandria, prior to her work at GOHSEP. Blackwell-Savoy served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director at the YMCA of Central Louisiana and later as the Interim CEO.
In comments to the BREC Commission, Palmer stressed that BREC chose Blackwell-Savoy for her extensive governmental budget experience along with strong planning background and vision for the future.
Palmer selected Blackwell-Savoy from among several candidates after an extensive review and interview process, which included input from a subcommittee of BREC Commissioners.
Blackwell-Savoy's professional achievements include managing expenditure plans for more than $1.4 billion in federal grants from GOHSEP's multiple programs; implementing new accounting software and systems for clients as a private consultant; as well as preparing Alexandria's $160 million budget.
Blackwell-Savoy shows her dedication to governmental affairs not only in her professional life, but in her free time as well. She has served on the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as an officer for three years for the Louisiana Governmental Financial Officers Association. She attended Northwestern State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
BREC operates public park and recreation facilities and programs throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. This award-winning agency is a member of The National Recreation and Park Association and has been nationally accredited and recognized as one of America's premier recreation and park departments. BREC maintains 184 neighborhood parks that feature a wide variety of quality facilities with family-oriented leisure activities for all ages and population groups.