Amy Dozier minds Kerrville's money with special care

Kerrville CFO Amy Dozier, right, consults with Utility Billing Clerk Crystal Juarez, seated, and Utility Billing Manager Kesha Franchina, in their City Hall offices.

As chief financial officer, Amy Dozier says it's her job to handle all financial affairs for the City of Kerrville. That includes managing the city budget; filing all financial reports, to the state, to city council, and to the city residents who fund the government; running the billing for city utilities; and managing the city's cash, both receivable and payable.

She says she has two staffs to help her, five people on the financial side, and eight doing the utility billing.

Dozier says her $78 million budget has to cover 24 different general categories, everything from law enforcement funding on down. It also includes two capital investment funds and the Kerrville Economic Development Corporation. She tracks each source of city income, the largest from the city's taxpayers; but also including categories like law enforcement seizures which are restricted to law enforcement funding; and the hotel occupancy tax, which also has restrictions on what it can fund.

"I'm here to serve," she says. "I want our reports to be as transparent as possible, so everyone knows what they are getting for their tax dollars. Before each fiscal year we publish a budget book, what we think we're going to spend; and after each fiscal year we publish a financial report of what we actually spent."

She says her reports have both been honored, again, by the Government Finance Officers Association, a professional association of approximately 19,000 state, provincial, and local government finance officers in the United States and Canada.

"We recently received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2018; and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for our annual report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2017."

Dozier says she and her twin sister, Sally, were born in Harlingen, but her family moved to Austin when they were two. Dozier grew up there, graduating from Westlake High School in 1988. She chose to attend Texas A&M University, and graduated with a bachelor of business administration in accounting in 1992.

She says she earned her master of business administration from Texas Christian University in 2004, while working for Arthur Anderson and Capital One, in Dallas. "Luckily I wasn't working for Arthur Anderson when they got caught up in Enron. That was out of the Houston office, and they were never one of my clients."

Then she decided to take some time to be a mom, in Kerrville, until she took the position of assistant finance director for Kerrville, under then-CFO Sandra Yarbrough. When Yarbrough retired, after 35 years, Dozier became the city's CFO in 2018.

She says when she's not on the job she has two passions, "A&M, of course; and cooking, especially for my children."

Dozier says her youngest, Abe, is an eighth-grader at Hal Peterson Middle School. Her two daughters both attend Tivy High School, Daphne as a junior, and Georgia a senior.

She says Georgia has decided she wants to go to California, and attend UCLA. "I made her apply to A&M and the University of Texas, as backups, but she has the grades and scores she needs for admission to UCLA. Luckily my twin, Sally Clayton, lives in California, and can keep Georgia from getting too homesick. That may not last, however, since Sally and her husband are exploring options to get away from California's high cost of living."

Dozier says she also spends time driving back and forth to Austin, to help out her mother, Sue Berry. She quotes Luke 12:48, "For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required."

She says, "I like working in a job where everything I do benefits the community. I'm excited about the future of Kerrville. There are a lot of good things happening here, and the staff we have in city hall is top-notch."

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