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November 16, 2010 > Special Life Event: County Controller-Treasurer to take the helm as Director of Finance Agency

Special Life Event: County Controller-Treasurer to take the helm as Director of Finance Agency

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Lingxia Meng

Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith has announced the appointment of County Controller-Treasurer Vinod K. Sharma to the position of Director of the County's Finance Agency, effective immediately.

The Director of the Finance Agency, working with the County Executive, formulates the County's financial strategies, serves as the chief accounting officer, and directs the diverse fiscal activities of the County. The Director is also responsible for financial and administrative planning and oversees divisions within the agency, including the Controller-Treasurer, Tax Collector, and the County Recorder.

"Vinod has proven to be a talented leader, directing a highly skilled financial management team in achieving the goals and objectives of the organization, not only during his brief time as interim director, but in his role as Controller-Treasurer as well," said Smith.

Sharma has been a County employee for more than 12 years, with various responsibilities in the Finance Agency. In the position of Controller-Treasurer, he promoted the County's financial viability by managing and safeguarding its assets and financial systems with integrity. Previously, Sharma spent eight years as the Finance Agency Division Manager for Accounting and Property Tax.

During his 31-year career, Sharma has worked on diverse, high-level, and increasingly challenging areas of public sector finance, accounting, and administration. Prior to joining the County, he served as an experienced internal auditor with Valley Transportation Authority. He also worked in the internal auditing division and for the Certified Public Accounting firm of Raj and Sharma where he was a managing partner, providing auditing and consulting services to non-profits and local government agencies.

Sharma received the equivalent of a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance (B.Com Honors) at the Delhi University in India and holds a Certified Public Accountant license from the State of California.

Smith also stated that Sharma's abundant knowledge, strong skills in public finance, and his genuine vision as a dedicated and focused leader will benefit the Finance Agency and the County as a whole.

"We have an excellent team of professionals in the Finance Agency," said Sharma. "I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with my colleagues and the County leadership in this new capacity."

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