Staff Report for The Island Connection
The Town of Kiawah Island announced at the Tuesday, Nov. 3 Town Council meeting that it has hired Dorota Szubert as the Town Treasurer. Szubert was most recently the Accounting Manager for Kiawah Partners, Inc. since 2008.
Szubert replaces Kenneth Gunnells who resigned in May, and was later accused by the town of misappropriating town funds.
With 10 years experience in accounting, Szubert will support the direction of town council and newly appointed town administrator Stephanie Monroe Tillerson in administering and performing all governmental accounting and auditing standards for the Town. Her official start date is Nov. 16, 2015.
“Ms. Szubert brings a wealth of accounting knowledge and experience to the position, which will be invaluable in meeting town council’s goals and objectives,” Tillerson said. “I am confident Ms. Szubert will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the town’s management team. Her formal education, first-hand working knowledge of the town’s public and private economic sectors, and commitment to the betterment of Kiawah Island make her uniquely qualified to serve as the town’s next treasurer.”
“While I will miss the relationships I have established during my eight years at Kiawah Partners, I am very excited to take the role of the treasurer and provide highest quality financial and accounting support to the town,” Ms. Szubert said.
Town council retained an executive search firm to identify the most qualified candidate pool from across the region.
The search resulted in receiving 47 applications for which eleven candidates were recommended to town council for further review. Town council selected three primary and three backup candidates. From that group of six, three candidates were interviewed before offering the position to Szubert.
Originally from Poland, Szubert graduated from the Academy of Economics with a Masters in Science and Finance. She also holds a Master in Business Administration and Accounting from University of New Haven. She is resident of Johns Island, where she has lived for ten years with her husband and son.