The town of Carleton Place is looking forward to welcoming a new treasurer who will replace Phil Hogan, retiring after 25 years of service. The town’s policy review committee announced earlier this week that Trisa McConkey, currently the deputy treasurer of Perth, will be taking the financial reins as of Feb. 12.
McConkey, who grew up in Syndenham, received her bachelor of accounting services at the University of Calgary, and for two decades has been a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Ontario and the Canadian Payroll Association. She has also been a long-time member of the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association and the Ontario Public Buyers Association.
From 1996 to 2012, McConkey worked first as the manager and then the director of finance & administration for Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. For the past four years, she has worked diligently in Perth to manage day-to-day activities within the treasury department, including financial statement preparation, management of external audit, grant management, budgeting, taxation, utility billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and cashier functions.
“It’s like owning 40 small businesses because we have so many different things from facilities we rent out to programs we put on to the roads and water departments and the provincial offences court,” McConkey tells Hometown News in describing her current position. While she says she will miss “all the people I work with in Perth, who are just fantastic,” McConkey she looks forward to meeting new colleagues half an hour east down Highway 7.
McConkey also looks forward to taking a step up to the senior management position of treasurer “and being able to do the bigger picture stuff” that comes with the job. Priority number one will be implementing a new financial system. “These things are always being modernized,” she says, noting the current accounting architecture will soon be out of date.