PROSSER -- The financial director's office in Prosser won't be vacant much longer. Regina Mauras of Homer, Alaska, has accepted the position with the city and will be confirmed and sworn in during the March 12 city council meeting.
Mauras, 54, replaces Cathleen Koch, who left Prosser's finance department Nov. 2 to become Richland's administrative service director.
Mauras has served as finance director in Homer since 2006. Prior to that she was the controller for South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, said Rachel Shaw, Prosser city clerk/public records officer.
Mauras has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Alaska in Anchorage, has taken several graduate courses in accounting and has Internal Revenue Service revenue agent training, Shaw said.
"She has a very good auditing background and her resume is heavy with IRS certifications," Shaw said. "Plus, she's a certified public accountant. Her background is very well-rounded in financial education."
Mauras said she's excited about moving to Prosser. She likes the small-town feel and is ready for a change after 28 years of battling Alaskan winters with unrelenting ice, snow and sub-freezing temperatures.
"I love to go out walking, hiking and biking, but when you have seven months of winter, you can't get out and enjoy the outdoors. As you get older you don't enjoy winter sports so much," Mauras said.
Mauras' contract with the city was approved at the Feb. 26 council meeting. She will be paid $85,000 a year plus benefits.
"My goal when I came to Homer to work at the hospital and then for the city was to make a difference," she said. "I've achieved my mission and it's time to move on. I'm looking forward to a change of pace, to a new situation, to meeting new people."
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