County Welcomes New Finance Director
Aimee Hirtle has always had strong Maritime roots and childhood connections even though she was born and raised in Alberta. Those connections have drawn her to Cumberland County as the municipality’s new director of finance.
Hirtle’s parents live in Sackville, N.B. and she remembers spending many summers vacationing in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. When she saw the Municipality of Cumberland’s job listing on a website used by chartered professional accountants, she was quick to respond.
Hirtle says, “I’ve been coming here for about 15 years. Most of my family lives in the Halifax and Sackville, N.B. area, so the location was perfect and the job I thought would be a great challenge and a change.” She added, “I wasn’t born a Maritimer, but I’m a Maritimer at heart.”
The new director assumed her position earlier this month.
Hirtle is a CPA with 12 to 13 years public accounting experience. Some of that included auditing, not-for-profits, municipalities, school boards and First Nations.
Her most recent position was secretary-treasurer of the Aspen View Public Schools in Athabasca, Alberta. She has also served as the corporate treasurer for the Holy Family Regional Division in Peace River and did a term position in Amherst with McIsaac Darragh in 2016.
Although she has only been on the job a short time, Hirtle is fitting in well with her new team in the municipality’s finance department, allowing her to hit the ground running as the municipality prepares its 2023-24 budget process and annual audit.
Hirtle says, “I can’t say enough about the people I work with. They’re so professional and have really helped me with the transition.”
Greg Herrett, the county CAO, says, “We’re very pleased to be able to recruit someone with Aimee’s public sector accounting and management experience. She has fit in well and is already an important part of our senior management team.”
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