Weld County Controller Barbara Connolly retires

Published on November 16, 2021

Barb Connolly with family and Board of County Commissioners

After 31 years with the Weld County Accounting Department, Barbara Connolly will retire on December 15, 2021.

Connolly began her career on July 9, 1990, as the Business Office Manager for Social Services — back when Social Services was separate from Human Services. She held that position for three years before transferring to the Accounting Department to become an accountant. She then was promoted to Senior Accountant before becoming the Assistant Controller and taking over as Controller on November 1, 2004.

As Controller, Connolly oversaw the Accounting Department, ensuring payments made by the county and ones that come to the county were processed. She kept all fixed asset records, processed all county employee paychecks and issued annual 1099’s and W-2’s. Her efforts helped her team garner national recognition as the Accounting Department has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for the county’s Annual Report 39 times. The Certificate of Achievement, awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association, is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government organization.

“Thank you for an outstanding job as the Controller for all these years,” said Commissioner Chair Steve Moreno. “The leadership you provided and that you’ve built up through your staff is great and will continue to serve the county well into the future.”

Connolly’s dedication to helping the county remain financially sound can also be seen in her spearheading the Fleet Services contract that brought this department in-house in September of 2017. The growth seen in the county resulted in a need for more patrol cars and county work vehicles, thus an in-house operation allowed for quicker maintenance at a lower cost to taxpayers. Looking at and understanding the entire picture of county government for more than three decades has helped Connolly ensure the financial health of the county remains strong.

“Working for Weld County Government has given me the opportunity to get to know and learn from so many great people,” Connolly stated. “I’m grateful to staff above me for giving me the chance to grow in my skill set and knowledge so I could fill their shoes and help implement the changes we now see to benefit county employees and residents.”

For more information about the Accounting Department, visit https://www.weldgov.com/Government/Departments/Finance-and-Administration/Accounting-Department.