New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announced the departure of Chief Financial Officer Brian Maxwell, who will leave county government in early June to pursue a new professional opportunity.
The CFO heads the Office of Finance, which is responsible for property tax and sewer fee collections, development and oversight of annual operating and capital budgets, grants administration, money management, financial reporting, payments to county employees and vendors, debt financing and property assessments.
“Under Brian's leadership as chief financial officer, there has been remarkable progress in delivering county government services more honestly, transparently and efficiently, from millions of dollars in cost reductions and delinquent tax collections to posting all expenditures of your taxpayer dollars online," said Meyer. “I wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Maxwell stepped in as CFO when county government faced a multi-million dollar budget deficit. He developed and implemented a plan to streamline county services, improve collections and insure a sustainable financial future for your county government.
Highlights under Meyer and Maxwell:
— Took historic steps to create financial transparency, including the public display of all county expenses at checkbook.nccde.org.
— Collected more than 99 percent of 2017 property taxes, initiated property tax collection effort that secured $1.5 million in short-term delinquent taxes and cut short term delinquency rate by 50 percent.
— Established a partnership with school districts to collect long-term delinquent property taxes and sewer fees.
— Initiated measures to restore fiscal responsibility and reduce the county’s growing structural budget deficit.
— Generated more than $11 million in savings of taxpayer dollars, $6.5 million in fiscal 2018 and $4.5 million proposed for fiscal 2019, while expanding public services.
— Maintained AAA bond rating, achieved by less than 1.5 percent of all counties.
— Eliminated backlogs of 200 property tax exemption applications and 420 property tax appeals.
“I want to thank County Executive Matt Meyer for the opportunity to partner with him and his leadership team as we have worked to chart a sustainable financial path forward for New Castle County,” said Maxwell.
Meyer named David Gregor to succeed Maxwell as CFO, subject to approval by New Castle County Council. Gregor joined the New Castle County Office of Finance as an executive assistant in October 2017 after 30 years of service in the Delaware Department of Finance, where he had most recently served as the state’s director of revenue. Before that, as deputy secretary of finance for the state of Delaware from 2010 to 2017, he was responsible for policy development, financial analysis and public affairs, implemented tax, debt and infrastructure investment policies and managed the state’s multi-billion dollar revenue stream.