Lake Worth Finance Director resigns to take Cooper City position

Updated Dec 01, 2017
Marie Elianor

Marie Elianor, Lake Worth’s director of finance, will resign Dec. 15 for the same position in Cooper City where she lives, the city said Friday.

“I love (Lake Worth) and although my time with the city has been shorter than I had planned, I hope my contributions have been impactful,” Elianor said in a statement.

Elianor, who could not be reached for comment, has served in the position since February 2016. During her tenure, the department has celebrated several successes, the city said.

Elianor’s department has received multiple awards and has seen operational improvements. In September, the department was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. The same organization in May presented the department with a Distinguished Budget Award.

In preparation for the $40 million Neighborhood Road Program, Elianor and her team were able to work with credit rating agencies to achieve a very strong credit rate for the city, which reduced the interest liability and lowered the amount of additional taxes residents faced for the bond program.

“Marie has been instrumental in helping the finance department and the city organization get to the next level,” City Manager Michael Bornstein said in a statement. “I empathize with her desire to focus on the next stage of her career closer to home.”

City Commissioner Omari Hardy said it will be sad to see Elianor go.

“It’s a tremendous loss for the city,” Hardy said. “She’s probably one of the best finance directors we’ve had ever. She was such a professional. Before she came, we may not have been the best on procedures and she did everything by the book. She brought that with her and installed it here in Lake Worth.”