The Iredell County Board of Commissioners recognized jean Haun at their July 17th meeting for her dedication to public service. Jean officially retired on June 28th, 2018 with 32 years of service to the citizens of Iredell County.
Bill Furches, Finance Officer at the time, hired Jean 8/1/1986 as an Accounting Technician – primarily processing Accounts Payable invoices. In October 1986, she broke her leg, took four days of sick leave, and returned to work with a cast from hip to toes.
In 1988, Jean accepted additional responsibilities including Purchasing support and control of property, insurance claims. Her ideas to improve accounting for purchasing were instrumental in improving the system, and she worked closely with “Data Processing” to implement the changes.
Jean’s title changed to Buyer/Insurance Specialist in July 1993. She attended Purchasing and Risk Management training at the UNC School of Government to better prepare her for the new role, and she developed policies and procedures for implementation across all County departments.
Jean’s duties moved further away from a Purchasing role when she assumed the responsibility of “Fixed Asset Manager” – accounting for property, vehicles, and equipment - which complemented the detailed task of annual insurance renewals. Jean made sure our risks were covered for anything the County owned.
Jean made a personal time commitment to further her studies and in 2006 achieved Public Entity Risk Manager Certification.
Jean’s institutional knowledge and experience with various job duties over the years made her the “go to” employee for Finance and Purchasing. She was always willing to pitch in and carry the additional workload.
Jean reviewed hundreds – maybe thousands of contracts and PO’s over the years to protect the County’s interest. She was an expert resource for the Sheriff’s Department whose officers work “off-duty” for other agencies and special events, and she provided the same expert guidance for County Departments whose volunteer workforces supplement paid employees with ongoing operations.
Jean earned the trust of co-workers, management, Bill Pope and Lisa Valdez, as well as attorneys engaged by our insurance providers. Jean has a heart of gold, was always committed to doing the best job possible, and had just the right amount of feistiness needed for the job.