Mecklenburg County's longtime Director of Finance J. Harry Weatherly, Jr. will retire November 30. At the November 21 regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, the Board inducted Mr. Weatherly into the Order of the Hornet.
Mr. Weatherly has been employed with Mecklenburg County for thirty years, serving as Finance Director since 1983. Previously, he served as Assistant Finance Director. Mr. Weatherly is a graduate of Myers Park High School and UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in business administration. His father, Harry Weatherly, served as Mecklenburg County's first manager, when the County transitioned to a commission-manager form of government in 1963.
The County Finance Department is responsible for investing the County's money, financial reporting, cash flow and banking, managing the County's debt and debt payments, budgetary compliance, payroll and much more.
The Order of the Hornet was established in 1972 as the highest honor the Board of County Commissioners can bestow for service to the community. "I commend Harry Weatherly for his exemplary service to Mecklenburg County," said County Manager Harry Jones. "When I think of Harry, I think of words like character, ethics, integrity and competence. He has been recognized in his profession across the state and across the nation."
Mr. Weatherly has also served as President of the N.C. County Finance Officers' Association and on the Executive Board of the Government Finance Officers' Association of Canada and the United States.
The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners appointed Sarah Heasley as Interim Finance Director, effective December 1. Currently, Ms. Heasley serves as deputy director of the Finance Department. Her primary responsibilities include debt management, financial and grant reporting, and participation in the capital planning and budgeting process. She has been employed with Mecklenburg County for 30 years.