New budget director takes the helm

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By Damon Lawrence

Technically sound, schooled in the financial and numbers game.
That’s how Roane County Executive Ron Woody described Kaley Walker, the woman he hired to be the county’s new budget director.
“I think we’ve got somebody that’s got a lot of energy, has got a very good knowledge base, some good experience,” Woody said. “I think it will be a good fit.”
Walker’s first day on the job was Oct. 1. She replaced longtime budget director Alva Moore, who retired just before Woody took office on Sept. 1.
“There’s a lot of change going on,” she said. “It’s a lot of new information for myself. I’m just trying to wade through and get a handle on everything, but it’s going pretty good.”
Walker said she worked for Cellular Sales of Knoxville prior to taking the job with the county.   
“I really liked my job, but I knew that I wanted to do more,” she said. “I wanted to be more involved. This opportunity came open, and I thought I’d be a very good fit for it.”
Walker has an MBA with a specialization in finance.
Woody said that was one of the things that was most impressive about her resume.
“That’s a big plus,” he said.  
Walker described herself as a fiscal conservative.
She said this is her first time working for a government.
“Some of this stuff she’ll have to learn, of course, because we’re on a government accounting, but almost anybody did unless they came from another government sector,” Woody said.
Woody used to be the budget director for the county before he left to go work as business manager for the school system in 1995.
Walker said having a boss that’s held the position should help her transition into the job.  
“I’m very fortunate that Mr. Woody has sat in this seat before, so he’s been able to lend me some help,” she said. “Plus I have a wonderful staff who is very, very helpful.”