DeSoto ISD appoints new main monetary officer just after monetary woes and scandal

George T. Taft

DeSoto Independent College District has employed Joey Jones as its new chief fiscal officer. He will be tasked with supporting the district accomplish fiscal duty subsequent monetary mismanagement that resulted in point out oversight.

The district obtained an F score from the Fiscal Integrity Rating Technique of Texas in 2019 after an investigation identified financial mismanagement, lavish paying and attainable fraud below the district’s former administration.

Right after enacting several protocols to spur enhancement, the district obtained a C grade for their response to the investigation in 2020. The district is at this time under condition oversight for mismanaging its funds.

DeSoto hired Kimberlyee Chappell to be the CFO setting up in December 2019. But the board balked at Superintendent D’Andre Weaver’s approach to retain interim economical main Deborah Cabrera on as a part-time consultant to aid with the transition.

This 2019 file photo shows solar panels on a roof in Allen.

In accordance to a TEA report, Cabrera explained to condition investigators that the board humiliated Chappell for the duration of a public conference and that trustees’ involvement created it “very tough to attain any tasks.” Chappell remaining the district quickly after, and Cabrera returned to the district to resume her momentary role.

Now, enters Jones. His will come to DeSoto soon after 10 yrs as assistant superintendent of finance at Longview ISD where he oversaw payroll, benefits, accounts payable, accounting and a number of other company and finance management features. Earlier, Jones worked as a enterprise supervisor in Grand Saline for a personal law agency for 4 a long time.

At Longview ISD, Jones oversaw the operational and business transformation of the district into a district-vast constitution partnership including the enterprise oversight of numerous constitution partners.

His tenure with DeSoto will start out on Feb. 8.

Dallas Morning Information reporter Talia Richman contributed to this report.

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