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High Country Council of Government Hires New Finance Director

The Finance Director is a key organizational position for the High Country Council of Governments in its administration of numerous federal, state, and locally funded programs and grants in coordination with seven counties and nineteen municipalities in the High Country.


Starting Sept. 1, 2015, Sammy J. Ragsdale of Temple, Texas will fill this crucial position. Mr. Ragsdale has an impressive list of accomplishments and experience during his career. For 21 years, Mr. Ragsdale served his country in the U.S. Navy and retired as Master Chief Petty Officer. During that time he was responsible for formulating personnel policy affecting 1,200 people, and taught numerous classes on Equal Opportunity, Sexual Harassment, Ethics and Leadership, and Total Quality Management.

Mr. Ragsdale served as Senior Auditor for the Office of Inspector General with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 15 years. He performed forensic audit procedures, documented client processes and procedures, and prepared reports for management concerning the scope of the audit process.

More recently, Mr. Ragsdale has served local governments in Texas as an Interim Finance Director, City Administrator, and an Audit and Compliance Manager. He has managed budgets with general funds in excess of $22 million and has extensive experience with public fund administration.

Mr. Ragsdale received his BA in Business Administration from Troy University, majored in Accounting at Texas A&M University, and received his MBA from University of Central Texas.