(RILEY COUNTY, KS – May 6, 2022) Riley County is excited to welcome our new Budget and Finance Officer, Darell Edie. He started work April 20 and is settling into the role. Edie’s primary responsibilities will include preparing and coordinating budgets for county programs and departments including Appropriations, Bond & Interest Fund, Capital Improvement Program, Coroner, Economic Development, General Fund, Riley County Police Department, and Special Projects. He will work closely with Commissioners, Department Heads, and the County Clerk to lead budget discussions. Edie brings more than 20 years of professional accounting experience to the role.
“I’m planning to continue moving forward with efforts to make the budgeting process more transparent,” said Darell Edie. “The county’s new OpenGOV software should help make budget details more accessible to the public and I’m excited to explore the possibilities.”
The Riley County Board of County Commissioners will begin discussing the 2023 budget in June. The final 2023 Riley County budget must be adopted by October 1, 2022, and the OpenGOV software launch is scheduled for later this year.
Edie says he looks forward to exploring the county’s budget history as well as the possibilities for the future.
“Darell is an experienced financial expert and a welcome addition to the Riley County team,” said County Clerk Rick Vargo. “His strategic financial, analytical, and management skills, along with his knowledge of the Flint Hills Region will be tremendous assets for the organization as well as the people of Riley County. We’re very pleased to have him on board.”
The Edie family has deep roots in the Flint Hills. Darell’s father owned and operated the first Dairy Queen restaurants in Manhattan and Junction City, and Darell has been a lifelong resident of the area. He attended K-State where he received a degree in Economics and has spent his career working in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he worked as the Director of Finance and Accounting for Manhattan Christian College.
Edie also has a history of public service. He has spent almost 11 years on the Board of Education for USD 383, where he currently serves as Vice President.
Find more information about Riley County online at www.RileyCountyKS.gov, by calling (785) 565-6200, or by visiting 110 Courthouse Plaza in Manhattan. Follow Riley County on Facebook /RileyCountyKS/, Twitter @RileyCountyKS, and Instagram rileycountyks.