Camden taps interim finance officer


Sally Norfleet


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Monday, February 11, 2019

CAMDEN — Camden officials have tapped the county’s deputy finance officer to take over the county’s finances until a new finance officer is hired.

Sally Norfleet, Camden’s deputy finance officer the past two years, was named to the interim post by the Camden Board of Commissioners last week.

Commissioners also agreed to increase Norfleet’s salary to $64,629, the minimum for the position, that she’ll receive while serving as interim finance officer.

Norfleet is filling the vacancy created by the departure of Stephanie Humphries, who had held the post of finance officer for four years. Humphries began a new job last week as finance officer for Isle of Wight County in Virginia.

This is Norfleet’s first stint as interim finance officer.

“This is new,” she said Friday.

Before taking the position as deputy finance officer Norfleet worked as assistant finance officer for the Camden County Schools.

Norfleet said she is enjoying her work as the county’s interim finance officer. She said she’s currently undecided whether she’ll seek the job as permanent finance officer.

In other action at their meeting last week, commissioners also adopted a resolution calling for additional state funding for juvenile crime prevention.

The resolution was partly in response to an appeal from Ella Fields Bunch of Camden’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, who spoke at the meeting and said that funding for juvenile crime prevention had remained at the same level for nine years.

Advocates for increasing funding have noted that it’s remained stagnant even as the numbers of cases being handled in the juvenile court system are increasing. That’s primarily been a result of changes to state law that now direct the cases of 16- and 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors and nonviolent offenses to the juvenile courts.

The board also heard a presentation from Donna Stewart, director of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, who presented a plaque the welcome center received from Gov. Roy Cooper in recognition of the center’s participation last year in the Albemarle 350th anniversary observance.