By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — He'll still be the town crier at Old Home Days and he'll still be active in the Thompson-Ames Historic Society, but as of July 26, Geoff Ruggles will no longer be Gilford's finance director.
Ruggles said Tuesday that he has accepted the same job with the town of Bow and will begin as their finance director on Aug. 1.
"I guess it took to my eighth year for me to scratch my seven-year itch," he said.
Ruggles came to Gilford as the finance director eight years ago, although he had worked there in the past. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and a minor in accounting.
When asked what his biggest accomplishment in Gilford was, he said it was probably converting to a new software system and the development of the current budget format that the Budget Committee seems to like.
He added that he likes doing the monthly financial update for the Board of Selectmen and knows its members appreciated it.
"But crunching numbers is crunching numbers. What can I say?" he added.
He said he is getting a slight raise by going to Bow but said what he really wanted was a change of scenery and, most importantly, a new challenge.
Bow, he said, has about 8,000 people and about a $15 million annual budget, which is slightly bigger than Gilford's. He said he knows and likes the Bow town manager and, during his Muni-Smart days, he became familiar with the way the town handles its finances.
"I know the area, how the town is staffed and how they interact with each other," he said. Ruggles added that Bow is in the final stages of building a new municipal safety building and they liked that he had just been through the same process with Gilford.
Ruggles said that he will continue to live in Gilford for the foreseeable future but likes the idea of working closer to Concord.
"If I want to see a show or a play, then I'm closer to that," he said.
He said he will miss the many people he had worked with with in the town and its various committees and boards but said he will still be around for Gilford's social and historical events.
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