GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview has a new treasurer.
Matthew Cordray is on the job as of today (Tuesday). He was appointed by Grandview Mayor Norm Childress and the city council confirmed the appointment after a 20-minute executive session held last night, according to City Clerk Anita Palacios.
She said retired city treasurer John Myers provided his input and support of the decision before the council approved the appointment by a 6-0 vote.
Cordray spoke to the Daily Sun News this morning, stating he is happy to have been selected to serve the citizens of Grandview.
"I could tell the people here have a lot of pride in the community," said the Tri-Cities native.
Cordray earned a finance and accounting degree from Washington State University and worked as an accountant in the construction and retail fields in Seattle for approximately eight years.
In 2004, he sought an opportunity to move back to the Tri-Cities. He opened his own business and after about a year, he said, was subjected to an IRS audit.
"I passed with no changes, so I am familiar with the audit process in some way," said Cordray.
He said he began working with his father's consulting firm when the economy soured. That firm provides services for companies at Hanford and Cordray helped with the audit processes there.
"I missed being in an office setting," Cordray said, stating he saw an opportunity to advance his accounting experience when he saw the posting for Grandview's city treasurer position.
"I will rely on the help of John Myers," Cordray said of the transition into municipal accounting.
He said, "I am a quick learner, though."
Cordray said he is looking forward to learning about all the "additional zeroes" involved in his new job and is confident he will quickly learn the ropes.
He plans to commute to Grandview from the Tri-Cities, but said he likes the small town atmosphere.
Cordray said small town living is more appealing to him than city life. "I like knowing everyone and having a sense of community."
He said he is looking forward to getting to know the community members he will be serving.