GGFOA member Karine Brooms is an Accountant III for the City of Dunwoody. Incorporated in 2008, Dunwoody is home to nearly 50,000 residents, representing 7% of DeKalb County’s population.
- How long have you been in the position of Accountant III? I have been at the City of Dunwoody since they first opened their doors on December 1, 2008, and I have been in the Accountant III position since January 1, 2016.
- How did you decide to go into local government finance? Before I moved to Georgia I was working in Marketing doing requests for proposals for an engineering consulting firm. The company I worked for was selected for the City of Dunwoody contract to provide finance and administrative services. This contract is why I moved to Georgia and how I got my start in local government. I began as an administrative assistant and worked my way up to Accountant III. It still blows my mind that I am in local government accounting. I have met some great people through the City of Dunwoody and through GGFOA, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Dunwoody and make a positive impact.
- What is the best part about being in local government finance? Why? The best part about being in local government is being able to make a difference. When I worked in the revenue department on occupation tax certificates, there were days where I was simply just doing my job and depending on a customer’s situation it really made their day. The City of Dunwoody focuses heavily on providing excellent customer service and being able to help our business owners and our citizens is the best part of being in local government for me.
- Describe your organization and department. The City of Dunwoody truly does care about their citizens and business owners. We are constantly trying to improve our services and keep our technology up to date. The finance department at the City is lean, which has helped us really create a great team bond where regardless of our positions we are here to help each other out and make sure that the City functions daily as seamlessly as possible.
- What do you love about your community? I was born and raised in South Florida so when I moved to Georgia in December 2008, I fell in love with the seasons. In South Florida you don’t have seasons, so to see the leaves change colors in the fall and experience snow at times is absolutely awesome to me. I’m all for major snow and get excited when it’s forecasted in the weather. Living in Buford is a major change from living in South Florida….to me it’s the country. I can drive a ¼ mile outside of neighborhood and see farm animals which I love and that’s not something you see where I’m from.
- Tell us something not many people know about you. I married my high school sweetheart. Today, we’re married with two amazing fur-babies and combined we have 6 nephews and 1 niece. Growing up I wanted to be a meteorologist after Hurricane Andrew. My entire family lives in Quebec Canada, except for my parents who moved to the U.S. in the late 70’s.
- What is your passion outside of the ledger? I am a huge animal lover, my dogs Owen and Bently are my world and I keep trying to convince my husband to get a 3rd dog. I love children and cannot wait to have children of my own. I love cooking and baking new meals and watching Game of Thrones and Arrow. I am a huge Arrow fan!
This article writtem by: Jenny Simpkins, Communications Committee GGFOA