CELINA — A highly-experienced professional in municipal government with a widely-recognized concentration in accounting and financial management has joined the City of Celina as assistant city manager.

Karla Stovall, who began her public sector career in 2002, served as Chief Financial Officer for the Town of Little Elm before accepting the Celina assignment. She was previously CFO for the City of Bastrop as well as Budget Officer for the City of Wylie. Prior to these positions, she was employed as an auditor for Daltile and a senior accountant for Benfield Blanch in Dallas.

Her start date was Friday, Oct. 18.

“Karla’s particular expertise and experience will be tremendous assets for Celina,” City Manager Jason Laumer said. “She has successfully steered large and complex budgeting and financial services departments, winning national accolades for accuracy and efficiency. The City of Celina will benefit greatly from her unique perspectives.”

Stovall is a 1994 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance. She returned to that campus in 2009 to earn the Certified Public Manager certification from the school of Urban and Public Affairs.

During her time in the public finance arena, Stovall has been recognized by state and local government entities for her efforts in government finance and transparency. With proven results of providing efficient and innovative solutions, her tenure has been characterized by implementing strong operational experience in meeting the demands of high growth cities.

Stovall is a Certified Government Finance Officer through the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas and is a member of the Governmental Finance Association and the International City Manager Association.

She has been married for 20 years and has two daughters in college.

Celina is among the fastest growing communities in Collin County. Of the over 20,000 residents in the service area, nearly two- thirds have post-secondary education, with about 50 percent having earned college degrees. The median household income is well above the state average and the average home value is close to $400,000. With a projected footprint of 78 square miles, the city offers an abundance of opportunities for planned and carefully managed growth and development.