Oswego CFO retires after 31 years

OSWEGO, IL — After 31 years in the public sector and 12 with the Village of Oswego, Chief Financial Officer Mark Horton is set to retire June 10, officials said.

Horton’s last day will be June 10. Once retired, he plans to spend more time with his wife and two daughters and continue officiating high school and college basketball games, according to a news release.

To celebrate the Chief Financial Officer, Village staff will host a public reception from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill Place.

An Oswego native and former student of Oswego High School, Horton began his career with a financial firm that audits public bodies before working for the Town of Wheaton for over 11 years and finally for the Village of Oswego. His bachelor’s degree in accounting is from Arizona State University.

In the village of Kendall County, Horton managed the finances of Oswego and served as village treasurer, treasurer of the police pension fund, and trustee of the police pension fund. Officials said that during his tenure he was able to stabilize and improve finances “thanks to conservative and creative budgetary practices”.

“Mark has worked tirelessly to manage Oswego taxpayers’ money wisely, making the most of revenue and keeping expenses low,” village chairman Troy Parlier said in a statement. “Mark was indispensable to me and the community. He provided valuable input into every major decision we made.”

During COVID-19, Horton “used his excellent forecasting and budgeting skills to ensure the village was able to maintain the same level of community services despite the economic uncertainty,” officials said. .

“Over the years, it has been extremely rewarding to work with the dedicated and talented members of Oswego’s staff, as well as the Village Chairman and members of the Board of Directors,” Horton said in a statement. “I am grateful for the opportunity to use my skills, creativity and sense of humor to leave Oswego’s finances better than I found them.”

Over his career spanning three decades, Horton has received numerous accolades, including the Triple Crown Medal and a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting, both from the Government Finance Officers Association. He also received the Distinguished Budget Presentation award for more than 10 consecutive years.

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