Lapeer’s chief accountant retires after 33 years with City

Harry Green will retire on Friday from the town of Lapeer where he worked for 33 years as an accounting manager. Above, he holds a copy of a recent budget that he spent a lot of time working on with administration and department heads. Photo by Jeff Hogan

LAP — The Town of Lapeer celebrated and commemorated in two consecutive weeks the retirement of two long-time employees who together served the municipality and the community for 57 years.

Pam Reid worked her last day on Wednesday (September 30) as director of Lapeer’s public works department, while this Friday (October 9) Harry Green will end his 33-year career as head of accounting and Lapeer data processing.

Green, 64, was hired to crunch numbers for the town of Lapeer in October 1987. “It’s time. It’s been a good run, but I’m ready to slow down and enjoy the trees, deer and birds on my property and work more on my house,” said Green, a 1974 graduate of Davison High School.

A Davison native, he moved to Lapeer in 1994 when he purchased the former assistant supervisor’s home at the Oakdale Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities on West Genesee Street.

Green earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Michigan at Flint. He worked nine years for an accounting firm in Burton before starting with the town of Lapeer.

“I was pretty good at math. Working with numbers and being organized became quite easy for me, so it worked out pretty well. I appreciated it,” Baker said from his crowded office on the first floor of Lapeer City Hall, surrounded by filing cabinets and piles of annual budgets and audit reports he helped fill out.

Among Green’s duties was the administration of the city’s $5 million annual payroll. In addition to compiling monthly financial dashboard reports to department heads, he was responsible for researching and investing city money for the best return and ensuring payments were made to pension plans. of the city, manage the administration of 401k plans as well as monitor accounts and receivables.

“We are a tight-knit group here in the finance office. I was part of a great team that will continue the work,” Green said.

As for teams, Green has fond memories of a co-ed softball team that included Lapeer City employees who played for about three years, starting around 2002. Many people. We played against County who had a lot more players. In the first two years we were defiled. We got better when we included workers at the community center, but it was always fun to get together with town staff for something different,” said Green, who represented the town of Lapeer on the Greater Lapeer Transportation Authority Board for many years.

Dale Kerbyson, City Manager, commented on Green’s retirement: “He spent all those wonderful years serving the City. It’s hard to find someone as dedicated as him. We will miss him.

Green is looking forward to tending to the 20 fruit trees on his one-acre property which includes apple, peach and pear trees. Her sisters come in the fall to pick fruit from the trees to make pies, “and I let the deer use them for food too.”

Green played football for Davison, but has an affinity for Lapeer Lightning teams now since he has lived and worked in Lapeer for many years. “I enjoy the great rivalry. When they play against each other it’s a tough decision because I like both of them,” he laughed.

Upon his retirement, Deputy Finance Manager Kathy Newbery will assume many of the duties that had been assumed by Green.

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