Owensboro Public Schools has selected John David Sandefur, CPA to lead its financial department. Sandefur currently serves as the chief financial officer for Hausner Hard-Chrome Inc.
“I’m honored to serve as OPS’ new finance officer. It’s a position that holds great responsibility. I look forward to embracing and contributing to the district’s motto of tradition, innovation and excellence. It’s extremely fulfilling to know that the work I’ll do every day will ultimately benefit the students who I work for,” said John David Sandefur, OPS finance officer-elect.
OPS chief finance and operations officer Paula Roberts is retiring at the end of June.
Roberts has worked for OPS in a variety of ways as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent of instruction, finance officer and operations officer.
Sandefur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Kentucky Wesleyan College. He’s also a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Prior to working for Hausner Hard-Chrome, Sandefur worked for Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky and before that was an audit manager for Riney Hancock CPAs. Sandefur will start training with Roberts on March 6.
“Mr. Sandefur has nearly 20 years of experience in finance in the public, non-profit and private sector. What really stood out to us is his experience with school audits and his overall collaborative leadership style. I’m confident he’ll continue to lead OPS to a successful financial future,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS superintendent.
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