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Fort Worth hires chief financial officer

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Aaron J. Bovos, the deputy county administrator and chief financial officer for Gwinnett County, Ga., has been named the new chief financial officer for the city of Fort Worth. Bovos replaces Horatio Porter who left the city in May. He will assume his new position in mid-January.

A certified government finance manager and certified treasury professional, Bovos was named Gwinnett County’s director of finance in 2009, and was named the deputy county administrator and CFO in 2010. Among his responsibilities, Bovos oversaw the strategic operations of the finance, human resources, information technology and support service departments, managing more than 400 employees and an annual operating budget of $56 million.

Gwinnett County, located in the Atlanta metropolitan area, has a population of 847,000 residents and an annual budget of $1.3 billion. Bovos maintained the county’s AAA bond rating from Fitch, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, and chaired the county’s investment committee, managing $1.7 billion in cash and investments. He also oversaw the retirement plans management committee, which was responsible for nearly $1 billion in assets.

Bovos began his career in local government with the city of Norman, Okla., in 1994. A graduate of Western Governors University, Bovos also had stints with the cities of Roswell, Milton, Sandy Springs and Alpharetta, including two appointments by the Governor’s Commission. He also served as director of the Gwinnett County Budget Division from 2007-2008.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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