Susan Goodwin has begun a new role with the City of Newport News as the Director of Finance effective April 1st. She had been serving as Financial Services Administrator in the Department Engineering for the past 11 years, and takes over as Finance Director following the retirement of Tom Mitchell. Ms. Goodwin was selected following an internal recruitment process and will have an annual salary of $131,000, overseeing a staff of 46 and a budget of $5.9 million.
“I am excited that Susan is taking on this new role with the City,” City Manager Cindy Rohlf said. “She has a tremendous amount of experience in the financial realm, and I am pleased to now have her as part of the City’s management team.”
Ms. Goodwin brings over 20 years of progressively responsible financial and project management experience in both private industry and in public service. Before coming to the City of Newport News in 2005, she worked for Goodman & Company and as Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Suffolk. Ms. Goodwin holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Christopher Newport University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is an active member of the Virginia Government Finance Officers Association, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants
As Finance Director, Ms. Goodwin is responsible for all functions within the department including Finance Administration (accounting, accounts payable, retirement, and payroll); Purchasing (procurement, warehouse, print shop, and mailroom); and Risk Management (the City’s self-insurance fund for vehicles and property).