With more than 25 years of municipal, provincial and private-sector experience, York Region’s new finance commissioner and regional treasurer has the “solid understanding of financial best practices” needed to direct a complex portfolio.

Laura Mirabella will assume the role on June 20, following the retirement of Bill Hughes. She holds a Chartered Professional Accounting designation from Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and, most recently, held the position of Chief Financial Officer and city treasurer with the City of Vaughan.

Mirabella’s experience includes 11 years in areas of increasing responsibility in the Ontario public service, including the Ministries of Finance and Infrastructure. Her volunteer activities include co-chairing the 2017 United Way staff fundraising campaign at Vaughan.

“York Region’s commissioner of finance and regional treasurer has executive responsibility for many of the areas typically expected including budget, controllership and treasury,” said Bruce Macgregor, York Region CAO, in a news release. “In addition, this role is responsible for procurement and information technology. It’s vital the successful candidate brings a solid understanding of financial best practices and experience in providing direction to a large and complex portfolio. Laura does just that.”

“York Region has a strong history of financial responsibility and sustainability,” added Wayne Emmerson, York chairman and CEO. “With a council-approved multi-year fiscal strategy, we continue to be successful in reducing debt, saving for the future and managing our capital plan. We look forward to Ms. Mirabella’s insight and advice.”