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State Finance Director Appointed

News Release
September 06, 2005

John Reidhead has been named Director of the Division Finance for the State of Utah. The appointment was announced today by Administrative Services Director, D'Arcy Dixon Pignanelli. "I appreciate Governor Huntsman's support and confidence in my appointment," said Dixon Pignanelli "John Reidhead will protect the accounting interests of the state and serve as an excellent administrator and liaison with all government agencies."

Mr. Reidhead assumes the job with more than 20 years experience in governmental accounting and finance. He is the current Assistant Director of Finance, a Certified Public Accountant, with experience in the State Auditor's Office. He has been acting director since April 2005, when former director Kim Oliver retired.

"As Acting Director of Finance, John has proved he can lead and administer the Division of Finance. In three months John rose from Assistant Comptroller, to Assistant Director, to Acting Director of Finance. In every situation he demonstrated commitment and confidence," stated Dixon Pignanelli.

John Reidhead received his accounting degree from Southern Utah University in 1983. He immediately started as an auditor in the Utah State Auditor's Office where he advanced to Senior Auditor and Director of Audit. He has been a licensed CPA since 1986 and has been with the Division of Finance since 2001.

"I am both excited and humbled to accept this appointment as Director of the Division of Finance," said Reidhead. "I fully understand the importance of the Division of Finance for the State of Utah and look forward to the opportunity of serving in this capacity in the Huntsman Administration."

The Division of Finance is the State of Utah's central financial accounting office. The division serves Utah citizens and state agencies with fiscal leadership, quality financial systems, processes and information. This includes maintaining accounting and payroll systems; ensuring compliance with state financial laws; maintaining a data warehouse of financial information; producing the state's financial reports; processing the state's payments; and operating the state's travel agency.

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