Bibi Taylor, a former municipal Finance Director with more than ten years of governmental experience, has been tapped to become the County’s Director of Finance later this year, County Manager George W. Devanney announced.
 
Taylor will commence working as Assistant to the Director as of Monday, March 21st, but will not assume the position of Director of Finance until at least May 1st, 2011 when the current Director, Lawrence Caroselli, retires. She is being brought on to ensure a smooth transition as the county undergoes its preparation of the 2011 fiscal budget, Devanney added.
 
“Bibi Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in financial management,” said Devanney. “She is highly regarded among her peers. I am confident Bibi Taylor will help Union County move ahead into a new era as a capable successor to Director Caroselli, who admirably served the county for the past 35 years.” 
 
Taylor’s most recent responsibilities included overseeing the day to day operations of Plainfield’s city government with a staff of over 500 municipal employees and a budget of $72 million.  Prior to serving as City Administrator, Taylor’s responsibilities as Director of Administration and Finance in Plainfield were also widely praised as she implemented Financial Corrective Action Plans of the City’s audit and effectively coordinating the finances of 11 municipal divisions, boards and agencies of government.
 
Taylor said she was “humbled” by this appointment, and looked forward to embracing the challenges ahead.
 
“I am thankful for this opportunity and grateful to the County Manager, Director Caroselli and the Freeholders for their support,” Taylor said. “My career has followed a natural progression that has prepared me to meet the inevitable budgetary challenges ahead.  I look forward to working with our Board of Chosen Freeholders in meeting these new challenges and continuing the County’s fiscal stability.”
 
Vice-Chairman Alexander Mirabella, serving as Chairman of the Finance Committee, praised her appointment.
 
“I commend our County Manager for conducting an extensive search for Director Caroselli’s replacement and for bringing Ms. Taylor on board during this year’s budgetary process,” Mirabella said.  “Her appointment ensures a transition that will help continue the smooth flow of operation and stability of our County’s finances.”