By CHRIS MORRIS
NEW ALBANY —
It’s only a few steps from her office, but Linda Moeller has never spent much time on the third floor of the City-County Building. The second floor — Floyd County’s side of government — has been her home for more than 20 years.
But beginning at 8 a.m. today, Moeller will begin her duties as New Albany’s city controller, a position she was officially appointed to this week by Mayor Jeff Gahan.
“It’s going to be a new challenge for me,” Moeller said from her office Thursday. “I think it will help me grow professionally. I will be doing things I have never done before and tackling new projects.”
Moeller will replace Mary Ann Prestigiacomo, who died suddenly July 7.
Moeller is in her second term as Floyd County Clerk, but has spent 14 years in the office, serving a stint as first deputy. Prior to that she worked in the child support division in the Floyd County Prosecutor’s office.
“I think Linda Moeller is the perfect person for the controller’s office,” Gahan said. “She has had quite a few years of municipal experience dealing with the DLGF [Department of Local Government Finance]. I think she will be an excellent fit for New Albany.”
Moeller’s term as clerk will end Dec. 31, 2014, and due to term limits, she was unable to seek re-election. First Deputy Christy Eurton will assume the clerk’s duties today and will remain there until the Floyd County Democratic Party holds a special caucus to elect someone to fill Moeller’s term. There is no date set for the caucus.
While there are many differences in being county clerk and city controller, there also are several similarities, Moeller said.
She works closely with the State Board of Accounts as clerk and deals with budgets. During her time as clerk, she coordinated the computer conversion of both judicial and election software and to the new statewide Clerk/Court Management System, Odyssey.
She also added to her system the JTAC [Judicial Technology and Automation Committee] electronic programs for jury management, electronic traffic tickets, protective order registry and marriage licenses at no cost.
“This will just be another chapter for me,” Moeller said of the move. “I love it here ... this is my comfort zone. I understand it. But I look forward to the challenge.”
Moeller also has expressed interest in running for Floyd County Auditor next year and said the move to city controller will not keep her from seeking another political office.
“Linda Moeller leaves the clerk’s office with an impressive record of accomplishment,” said Floyd County Democratic Party Chair Adam Dickey in a release. “I have no doubt she will be a tremendous asset to Mayor Gahan as his next controller. She has the financial management skills to assist the mayor with the fiscal administration of the city and has repeatedly proven she can work well with elected leaders.”
Moeller was not the only new addition to the controller’s office this week. Gahan also hired New Albany native Marcus Flynn as project manager, a new position in the city. Flynn is a certified public accountant and will oversee the conversion of the current DOS-based software system used by the city controller’s office to a modern application.
“That is a position we have had numerous conversations with the city council about,” Gahan said. “We are bringing new software online and we need a point person. With his background, I think he will be a strong fit and a great addition to the controller’s office.”
Flynn is a 2002 graduate of New Albany High School and a 2007 graduate of Bellarmine University, receiving his degree in accounting. After graduating from Bellarmine, he moved to New York City to join the accounting firm KPMG as an audit associate. In 2012, he worked in Columbia University’s finance office as a project manager, overseeing billing and grant reporting.
“I’m excited to be back in my hometown and serve the community in which I was raised,” he said in a release.