Chester County finance chief resigns to become consultant

CHESTER -- The woman charged with managing Chester County's finances resigned this week, officials said Thursday.

Finance Director Becky Moon's last day with the county will be Sept. 19, said Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey. Her resignation was first reported Thursday at heraldonline.com.

Roddey said Moon told him she was leaving her post to go into business for herself as a consultant. She turned in her resignation notice Wednesday.

"She's done a wonderful job," Roddey said of Moon, who has been with the county since 1999. "You can tell by the numbers on the audits. ... I hate to see her go."

The County Council received a copy of the county's latest audit at Tuesday night's meeting. The audit gave a generally favorable portrait of the county's finances, with a few exceptions.

Like Roddey, County Councilman Alex Oliphant also pointed to improved financial evaluations as a sign of Moon's success.

"Ever since I've been on council, our audits have gotten better and better," he said. "I think a lot of that's due to ... Moon's diligence."

One of Moon's valuable qualities, Oliphant noted, is her toughness.

"She's told a lot of people 'No' over those years," he said. "I've heard from quite a few people that 'Becky Moon stopped this. Becky Moon did this.' Well, I can tell you the county's financial state, it's better than it's ever been."

Oliphant cited the February arrest of a former Chester County employee accused of using county money to pay her bills as an example of the Moon-led department's close watch over county funds.

"There was a time, probably not too long ago, when stuff like that could have happened and nobody would have ever caught it," he said.

Moon could not be reached for comment Thursday. Roddey said officials will begin searching for her replacement.

The annual salary for the finance director's job ranges from $40,303 to $56,424, said Cindy Goettsch, the county's human resources director.