Gwen Brown Patterson is DeKalb's first female CFO
9/20/2013, 6 a.m.
DECATUR Veteran financial analyst Gwen Brown-Patterson has been appointed the county’s interim chief financial officer while a national search for a permanent replacement is being conducted.
The appointment is effective immediately.
Interim CEO Lee May says Brown-Patterson knows the county’s finances “inside and out.”
“Gwen Brown-Patterson has accepted this critical assignment,” he said.
Brown-Patterson, who has served for 29 years in the Budget and Grants Division of the DeKalb Finance Department, is the first woman to hold the position.
She has held several management positions, including budget and management analyst, senior budget and management analyst, principal budget and management analyst, financial management analyst, budget manager, and deputy director of Finance-Budget and Grants.
She assumes management of DeKalb’s overall budget totaling $1.75 billion and the supervision of a 10-member staff. She will advise the CEO, the chief operating officer, county department heads, and elected and appointed officials about budget operations, fiscal policies and related issues.
The Finance Department, under the direction of the finance director, is responsible for the overall administration of the fiscal affairs of DeKalb and directs the activities of the Budget and Grants Division, Treasury and Accounting Services Division, Division of Internal Audit and Licensing, and the Division of Risk Management and Employee Services.
Brown-Patterson earned her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and her Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University.