WAXAHACHIE — District Judge Joe Grubbs swore in Miykael Reeve as the new Ellis County auditor on Friday morning. She replaces Mike Navarro who retired after more than 24 years of service with the county.

“I couldn’t possibly be happier to be here. This is a big responsibility that the district judges have entrusted me with,” Reeve said. “I am not going to make a lot of changes right of way. I am just going to look and see what he (Navarro) did and try and set the bar a little bit higher.”

According to the county’s website, the county auditor's primary duty is to oversee financial record-keeping for the county and to assure that all expenditures comply with the county budget. The county auditor, by law, has continuous access to all books and financial records and conducts detailed reviews of all county financial operations.

Before joining the county, Reeve served as the City of Red Oak’s director of finance for the past nine years. In January, the Government Financial Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded Reeve the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for her comprehensive financial report.

According to a Jan. 5 Daily Light article, the certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The association’s website states that GFOA’s mission is to promote excellence in state and local government financial management.

“While I was director of the City of Red Oak they were able to get the budget award for two years and the audit award for five years. One of my goals for the county is to help them achieve the budget award. It is something they haven’t done yet,” Reeve stated. “The county currently gets the audit award and has for a long time. I intend to keep applying for the same award that Mike started. I would like to add the tradition of getting the budget award as well.”

Reeve added that she did have the opportunity to meet with Navarro prior to his departure on Aug. 31 and plans on keeping a lot of the initiatives he set in place.

In addition to her service with the City of Red Oak, Reeve served as the account manager with the City of Ovilla and a bookkeeper and auditor with Witherspoon, Yeldell and Wilson.

The position of county auditor is an appointed position for two years and is made by the three district judges in the county. These judges include Grubbs, Bob Carroll and Cindy Ermatinger.

“We interviewed several people and Miykael always came up on top. We enjoyed talking to her. We talked with the city manager of Red Oak and she does a fabulous job and knows her numbers,” Ermatinger said. “You can see from her resume that she has all of these accolades. Our county is growing and she will be great as our auditor.”

Red Oak Mayor Alan Hugley praised Reeve's work during her time at the city.

"Miykael did a great job in Red Oak in getting our finances in shape. I am sure she will do that for Ellis County," Hugley said. "Ginger Richardson, who was previously the assistant finance director for Waxahachie and more recently for Corsicana, has accepted the position of finance director for us here in Red Oak. So we expect to continue our progress here."

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