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Will finance director’s CPA status affect New Hanover hiring practices?

Kevin Maurer
StarNews

Avril Pinder, the New Hanover County finance director, has always been a certified public accountant.

Just not in North Carolina.

She was certified a CPA in Delaware in 1992. When she moved to North Carolina in 1999, Pinder said she contacted the N.C. State Board of CPA Examiners to see about transferring her license to the state. She was moving to the Jacksonville area with her then-Marine husband. Pinder said the board at that time told her to maintain her certificate in Delaware and continue to follow that state’s rules.

But in May 2010, Pinder was sent a cease-and-desist order by the board after she was listed as a CPA on the New Hanover County website. She promptly contacted the board and learned that rules had changed and she’d need to transfer her license from Delaware to North Carolina.

Pinder now has a temporary license from North Carolina and is expected to get her permanent certification by March 2011, according to Bob Brooks, executive director of the N.C. State Board of CPA Examiners.

New Hanover County Manager Bruce Shell said all necessary checks are already in place for new hires.

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